Published : Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | 10:02 PM
Alverno High School recently hosted its Third Annual Alverno Community Service Fair, which showcased the senior class’ self-created service projects ranging from fighting abuse and cancer to providing funds for schools and art programs.
The fair grew out of Alverno’s senior theology course, Contemporary Social Issues, which asks students to explore the social justices that taint our world. To respond to these injustices, Alverno’s 47 seniors have committed themselves to a service project molded by their own passions, ideas and care for the social issues in today’s world.
At the service fair, members of the Alverno and local community came together to learn about and support the projects of these exemplary seniors at the Third Annual Alverno Community Service Fair. Individuals were asked to purchase $1 tickets upon entering the fair, which they could then place into a jar on each table to demonstrate their support for that particular charity. Desserts, specialty items, pop culture pins, neck warmers, headbands, homemade jewelry, and much more were also available to be purchased using the same tickets. At the end of the fair, each of the tables turned in their tickets to receive the money that had been contributed to their chosen charity. These funds will be donated directly to the charity or will be used to fund a larger service project designed by a senior. In total, more than $1,100 was raised for local, national, and worldwide organizations.
In addition to philanthropic support of the organizations at the fair, attendees were also given the opportunity to sign-up to volunteer with local organizations that included: Angeles Mesa Elementary School, Bad Weather Shelter (Pasadena), Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Door of Hope (Pasadena), Elizabeth House (Pasadena), Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children (Los Angeles), Hillsides (Pasadena), Keep it Kind, Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN), Maryvale (Rosemead), One More Reader , Our Lady of Guadalupe School, School on Wheels, Soldier’s Angels (Pasadena), and Surfrider Foundation. Alverno High School students are expected to contribute 20-50 service hours each to the local community each year, for a school wide total of more than 6,000 hours. However, last year Alverno students exceeded their goal by contributing more than 11,000 service hours to the local community and they are once again expected to exceed their goal.
Many students have created their own small projects, ranging from fighting for animal rights, equality, ending child abuse, providing supplies for schools, aiding those with developmental or physical disabilities, those with incurable diseases, funding for girls’ education and cleaning up our local beaches.
Additional students have created internal programs to prevent loneliness or depression. There will be many collections happening on campus throughout the next two months as a part of these projects including a book drive, a baby item drive, school supply drive, and collecting items for packages to be sent to soldiers, and a kindness letter writing campaign.
“The Service Fair was a wonderful success and we are so proud of our seniors. All of our students as well as faculty, staff and community members, were able to browse over two dozen service projects. Each project was built to spread awareness and encourage action in regards to a specific social issue,” said Susana Capra, Campus Minister. “The seniors were so passionate about these injustices and that excitement was spread to the younger students. It is often easy to lose sight of how powerful and intelligent a teenager can be in our society today. This service fair showed how wonderful, creative and socially aware high school students are and how much they can inspire those around them. It was a beautiful reminder of the solidarity and justice that is very alive in our world.”
Ann Gillick, Head of School, said “The Service Fair is a perfect example of how one individual can make a tremendous impact on her community. Each of these young women chose a project that meant something to her and in turn made that project important to our entire community. A commitment to service and community is a basic tenet of our Franciscan and Immaculate Heart roots and just one of the ways Alverno empowers each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”
About Alverno High School
Alverno High School is a Catholic, private, college preparatory school for young women dedicated to preparing them to function in a society as informed, knowledgeable persons, who have the requisite skills to make and implement mature decisions about complex problems. Enlivened by the spirit of its Immaculate Heart Community sponsors, and mindful of the Franciscan roots of its founders, Alverno’s program—academic, spiritual, aesthetic, social, and physical—is shaped by the staff, trustees, and students in light of the world for which the students are being educated. Alverno’s mission is to empower each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be and since 1960, Alverno has empowered more than 4,100 women to meet that goal. For more information about Alverno High School, please call (626) 355-3463 or visit www.alverno-hs.org.