The SJP Girls and Boys basketball teams proved that winning doesn't just happen on the court as they delivered toys to the St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside. Giving back is a tradition at St. John's Prep, especially during Advent when the SJP community comes together in joyful anticipation of Christ's birth at Christmas. In early December, members of SJP's National Honor Society and Student Council joined together with Catholic Charities’ St. Nicholas Project to make sure that those in need were able to realize their Christmas wish.
Catholic Workers continue to prepare and serve meals on Wednesday afternoons, to the neighborhood homeless shelters. In addition, both the Christmas and Thanksgiving Food Drives tremendously helped the local food pantries to meet the increasing need of those less fortunate. Students interested in volunteering should top by the Student Center to sign up.
In December, NHS coordinator Ms. Curcio, Religion chair Ms. O’Donoghue, SJP students and Alumni took part in the Catholic Charities sponsored St. Nicholas Project at the Astor Place Kmart store. Students were given a Christmas shopping list of anonymous families who need a little help to afford winter essentials and Christmas gifts for their families. Through generous donations, these families will be able to provide coats, hats, gloves, and so much more to their families during the winter season. It’s become a annual Christmas tradition for the SJP community.
Twelve students and two faculty members from St. John's Prep spent a weekend participating in an "Urban Plunge" sponsored by the Office of Campus Ministry. They took part in a Youth Service Opportunities Project (YSOP). On Friday, students cooked a hearty dinner consisting of baked chicken, stir fry vegetables, mashed potatoes, salad and garlic bread for a group of guests from neighboring drop-in centers. The guests were mainly male and female senior citizens who are homeless. For dessert, our students baked delicious brownies! Our students worked very hard, and were extremely friendly and gracious with the guests. They learned a great deal about the serious issues of hunger and homelessness through their service and conversations with guests. On Saturday, our students broke up into groups with students from other schools and spent the day serving in soup kitchens through-out the city. About half of the students that participated in this experience had participated in an earlier urban plunge, which says a lot both about our students and the kind of experience YSOP offers.
Each year members of the St. John's Prep community participate in the Good Friday 5K Walkathon sponsored by the Campus Ministry Department and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. John’s University.