| St. Edward School honored for service
The student outreach program at St. Edward School in Newark has received national recognition from the Today's Catholic Teacher magazine.
In its March issue, the magazine named a dozen schools from across the country as recipients of its Innovations in Catholic Education Awards. The awards annually honor schools that lead the way in implementing programs that improve the teaching and learning. Award categories include technology, marketing, foreign language and stewardship.
"St. Edward students recognize their gifts and share them with others from a young age," the magazine wrote in awarding the Newark school the Student Outreach Program honor. "They become active Christians who are morally conscious and reflective of their behavior, examples to all."
The article noted that the Class of 2013, the current eighth-grade class, has dedicated more than 2,300 hours of service to the community since they were kindergartners in 2004.
Students at every grade, from kindergarten through eighth-grade, fulfill service hours each trimester as part of the school's mission to ministry, the article noted. Students reflect on their outreach activities through art and writing, and share their experiences during class time. Service work is included in each student's portfolio.
The article site cites projects such as after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011, an eighth-grader designed, produced and sold wristbands to raise money for the victims. Some students have traveled to the Philippines and to New Orleans to build houses for the needy.
Graduates have gone onto service-oriented careers in medicine, teaching and nursing, the article said.
Among the students' most recent outreach projects was assistance to Hoboken Catholic Academy in New Jersey, which was hard hit by Hurricane Sandy last fall.
In a Catholic Voice article, which detailed the students' efforts in raising, along with the parish, $8,000, principal Gregory Fonzeno said of his students, "They're just so giving in their outreach."
Student leaders organized the sale of hot chocolate and free dress passes, and helped out at a parish movie night, to help raise money.
One of the students, Krystn Janicek, said of the effort, "It made me feel there's always a way to help people. You don't have to give $100,000. Every penny's worth something."
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