Although St. Francis of Assisi is more commonly known as the patron saint of animals, he spent most of his early life in service to the poor people in his community. In recognition of his service, the students, parents and staff of St. Francis of Assisi School support and actively seek opportunities to serve our community.
“The deeds you do may be the only sermon some persons will hear today.” - St. Francis of Assisi
We teach our students to learn and live by the Catholic teachings and traditions that are so very important in our world today:
- Have a relationship with God by participating in prayer, liturgy and sacraments
- Provide service to others
- Make moral decisions
There are so many people in need and we have been blessed with in our community to have families that love and nurture us; we have roofs over our heads; we have food to eat several times a day; we have amazing educational opportunities. As Catholics we want to help those less fortunate than us. Whether they are in war-torn countries, they live with famine and disease or whether they are victims of a natural disaster, our world-wide community needs our help to have even the smallest chance at a “normal” life.
Below are some of the service opportunities that our school, students, and parents have been blessed to part of:
- Every Tuesday of the school year, students from our 7th & 8th grades – along with parent volunteers – serve lunch to homeless people at the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill
- Our students hold drives to gather clothing, shoes, blankets, and toiletries for the people serviced through the Community Lunch on Capitol Hill program
- Our students and their families raise funds in support of schools in our sister parishes in Kenya and El Salvador. Funds raised through clothing drives and coin drives have helped to established scholarships for four girls in Kenya to attend school. We have also raised money for and constructed a well for a village and donate money annually for the up-keep of the well
- St. Francis of Assisi teachers and staff are part of an organization called Friends of Mombasa. During the summer, depending on the political climate in Kenya, they join teachers and staff from partnering schools in our area to send a delegation to communities around Mombasa, Kenya, to teach students and help their families with projects to better their communities
- Each month during the school year, our kindergarten students, with the help of parent volunteers and our junior high students, make sandwiches which are given to homeless men at St. Martin De Porres Shelter in Seattle
- We are blessed to have a retirement home across the street from our school, Franciscan House. Our students make cards, sing for, and visit with the residents (many of who are retired nuns) several times during the school year.
- Each year during the month of December, we have a SCRIP Giving Tree. Families purchase gift cards through our SCRIP program for St. Vincent de Paul to give to families in need.
Whether we are helping to educate children in Africa or we are helping to provide necessities to people at home, we instill in our students the importance of treating all people with respect, caring and kindness.
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