Andika Dharma, a Social Justice commissioner and seventh-grade pupil, and Christopher Maxion, a sixth-grader, on a trip to the Alameda County Food Bank.
Focus on faith at St. Clement
This year's focus at St. Clement Catholic School is Faith. The school's guiding principle, "If we believe, we will achieve if we have faith in our God and in ourselves," lends students, faculty and staff the belief and the opportunity to give and to learn through service learning.
The school's Christian Action and Student Council are committed to giving to those in need. Some of the school's activities:
• Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. St. Clement's Christian Action partnered with the St. Clement St. Vincent De Paul to collect food and assemble food baskets for 40 families in need for the Thanksgiving holiday.
• "The Giving Tree." Each class collected money for the "Giving Tree," a project to purchase gifts for children in need within the parish. They purchased two gifts for their designated child — one gift that the child needed and one gift that the child wanted.
• Alameda County Food Bank. The seventh grade class spent a morning at the Alameda County Food Bank sorting canned foods and packaging oranges.
• $1 Free Dress Campaigns. Throughout the school year, the Student Council organized $1 Free Dress Days to earn money for various causes, most recently for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. The latest effort was to host a $1 Free Dress Day for those affected by the Newtown school shooting, send cards made by students and plant flowers in our school memorial garden in memory of each victim.
While service learning, service above self and giving back have been the focus at St. Clement, technology integration is equally an emphasis in classroom curriculum. The two new laptop carts this school year are simply the beginning; our technology plan hopes to implement a one-to-one laptop program for our junior high and a one-to-one iPad program for our lower grades.