Christian Service & Activities in the OC

Did you know that at JSerra Catholic High School there is a Christian Service requirement? The Christian Service Program is an essential part of the JSerra experience. This aspect of a JSerra education is integral to the religious and spiritual formation of our students. The service experience will be fulfilled through projects done with the approval of the Head of Faith Formation. The service program is a requirement for graduation and consists of a minimum of 20 hours per year to be completed during the school year or during the summer. To help you out, here are a few examples of organizations you can work with.

 

Feeding America
Feeding America’s mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. You can volunteer at a local food bank or even host your own canned food drive! For more information, click here!

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(Photo Credit: Feeding America)

RAD Camp
Serving adults and children with developmental disabilities, RAD Camp ensures that every participant is treated with respect, while encouraging independence, growth, and FUN! Most importantly, at RAD Camp we focus on each camper’s ability – not disability – and are dedicated to making sure each participant has a great time in a safe and caring environment. RAD Camp provides two summer camps each year. RAD Camp, held the first week of July, serves adults 18 years of age and older. RAD JR. is held the second week in August and serves children, 4 to 17 years of age. Ran by two Orange County Catholic High School alumnae, it is a wonderful opportunity to serve the Lord and give back to others. For more information on volunteer opportunities with RAD, click here!

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(Photo Credit: RAD Camp)

Host a Beach Clean Up
If you like being outside, then volunteering at a beach cleanup may be the thing for you! There are many organizations that perform beach cleanups! We were so excited to have the Rob Machado Foundation visit our school during homecoming week in the fall to help our students understand their contribution toward a healthy Earth. There are always opportunities for beach clean-ups and habitat restoration with their support! The HB Surfrider Foundation also has a list of several options for you to participate in different cleanup opportunities!

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(Photo Credit: Surfrider

These are just three of the many volunteer opportunities that are around you! The school provides a list of approved organizations with which the students are able to work. Students are welcome to suggest other organizations not listed on the school’s approved list, but such opportunities must be approved by the Head of Faith Formation in order for the hours to count towards the student’s requirement. Each student will be asked to include a reflection with the submission of their hours, which will discuss their successes, frustrations, and the values learned during their time of service.

 

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Soles 4 Souls a Success for Boys Water Polo

JSerra Boys’ Water Polo ran a charitable fundraiser for “Soles 4 Souls” Thursday, Oct. 20 during their Trinity League Game against Santa Margarita.

While playing 3 games in a span of 2 hours, the team was able to collect over 150 pairs of gently used and new shoes to donate.

They would like to thank all the wonderful donors, families, administration, teachers and friends that came to support them and “Soles 4 Souls”.

JSerra Boys’ Water Polo is fortunate to be a part of an incredible cause that reaches so many people in need.

JSerra Catholic to host fundraiser to benefit Special Operations Warrior Foundation

*A Press Release by JSerra Catholic 

Rummage sale and car wash hopes to raise more than $5,000 to benefit the families of fallen and wounded military personnel

JSerra Catholic High School will host a rummage sale and car wash to benefit the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF) on Saturday, September 17 from 7:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The SOWF provides support and assistance to the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps special operations forces.

The group needs donations of gently used furniture, clothing, toys, tools, etc. Donations will be accepted at the school beginning Saturday, August 27. Donation dates and times are posted on www.facebook.com/sowfjserra. Additional drop off dates and times can be arranged by contacting sowfjserra@gmail.com.

According to Mrs. Mary Victoria Taylor, Counselor at JSerra and the fundraiser’s Chairperson, “The students and parents of JSerra Catholic High School will be volunteering hundreds of hours to support this wonderful cause. We invite everyone in the community to join us on Saturday, September 17. Not only can you purchase some great items at terrific prices, but you can also get your car washed. We’ll also have coffee and baked goods for sale to help keep your energy up while you shop.”

One hundred percent of the proceeds will go directly to the SOWF. The group hopes to raise more than $5,000 to benefit the more than 800 children of fallen special operations personnel, like Diana Martin, daughter of Army Master Sgt. Tim “Griz” Martin, who lost his life in the Battle of Mogadishu in 1993, “With the heartfelt and gracious donations to SOWF in support of our fallen heroes and their families, I have fulfilled my father’s dream for me and was able to go beyond it. SOWF gave me the ability to become someone of whom my father would be proud.” The SOWF recently announced it will offer full college scholarships to the children of all the U.S. military personnel who perished in the recent CH-47 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

About The Special Operations Warrior Foundation

The Special Operations Warrior Foundation is a top-rated nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization that provides support and assistance to the families of fallen and wounded Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel through two programs: college educations for the children of fallen special operations personnel and immediate financial assistance to the families of severely wounded special operations personnel.

About JSerra Catholic High School

Just eight years old, JSerra Catholic High School is quickly becoming one of the region’s top university preparatory institutions. Its graduates include National Merit Scholarship winners, Ivy League university students and Division I collegiate athletes. Located in San Juan Capistrano, the school features $110-million facilities, including a state-of-the-art $40 million athletic complex. For more, visit www.jserra.org.

Whiz Kid of the Week Lauren Portice Featured on the Patch

*Currently running on the Patch.com

From left to right, Council member Joe Brown, Council member Linda Lindholm, recipient Lauren Portice, Disneyland Ambassador Rene Torrico, Mayor Gary Capata, recipient Jonathan Li, Mayor Pro Tem Paul Glaab and Council member Robert Ming

The City Council recently recognized Lauren Portice and Jonathan Li,  who were each recently awarded a $5,000 Disneyland Resort scholarship for their community service.

Portice, a resident of Laguna Niguel and student at JSerra Catholic High School, was recognized for her work with Sports Gift, an organization that collects and donates old sporting equipment to underprivileged children in the U.S. and around the world.

To read the full story click Whiz Kid.

Legends of China Awarded for Their Volunteerism

The Legends of China Presidential Pioneer Award for high school students were awarded at Mass with ten  recipients, of this leadership award.

Awarded to those who have demonstrated exemplary leadership initiative and have taken significant action as ambassadors of world peace.

Ten JSerra Students received recognition for their work with the Legends of China. Including Elizabeth Evers who is awarded the Superior Award for creating the winning 1st prize in high school category, silk banner, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program. The silk banner represents global peace and the connection between China and other countries through the silk road.

Courtney Avila, awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership to 500 top Chinese High School students, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.

Ashleigh Luschei also awarded the Excellent Award for presenting a keynote speech on global leadership inspiring students with disabilities that they can become leaders despite their obstacles, volunteered in the LOC Silk Road to Future Ambassadors of Hope program to teach Chinese students with disabilities and served as an Ambassador of Peace in The Silk Road to the Future program.

Also recognized with the bronze medal honors are Riley Houser, Alexa McBride, Michael Salzle, Steven Summers, Savannah Luschei, Ian Farrell and Shanelle Bennet.

Legends of China is a non profit, non governmental organization that strives to build positive relationships between students from the United States and China.  This past year, 10 JSerra students, as the pioneers,  participated in the first Silk Road to the Future program for high schools.

Kirsty Hibbard Wins Cox Cares Award and Donates to The Ecology Center

Congratulations to Kirsty Hibbard for winning the Cox Cares Conservation Champions. Hibbard was nominated by JSerra

Kirsty Hibbard (right) with the founder of The Ecology Center, Evan Marks

Counselor Olivia Huie, thus becoming a finalist after a long evaluation process by Cox Executives, to then be voted on by the community. After weeks of voting and many coming close Hibbard was able to grant The Ecology Center $1,000 in her name on behalf of Cox to go towards their green efforts in the San Juan Capistrano Community.

“I loved volunteering here my family is involved and we have all gotten really close to this cause, I’m just glad I cold help them out doing what I love and care about,” Hibbard said.

ABC Names Kelsey Simonson Cool Kid of the Week

Birthday parties can be wonderful memories in the life of a child. Last year when Cool Kid Kelsey Simonson heard about a young girl who had never had a party of her own she got inspired to do something.

Kelsey Simonson

“I’ve always had them and they’re so much fun. So why can’t that girl have it? Because she can’t afford one. So, I just wanted to give everyone a birthday party,” said Kelsey.

To make that happen, the junior at JSerra Catholic High School founded the club, Caring Cupcakes.

To read the full story click Caring Cupcakes or to get involved click participate.