St. Joseph School
Issaquah • Snoqualmie
K-8th Grade - Service and Outreach
 

At St. Joseph School it is understood that students need varied formational activities as they learn about their Catholic faith. Modeling Gospel values in interactions with others, teaching lessons targeted toward the Catholic faith, participating in liturgy and prayer, and engaging in service projects are all valuable experiences to help students grow in their faith. Outreach and service projects provide real life education and deepen empathy for those less fortunate.

School-wide outreach includes:

  • October- Pet Food Drive- Collect food for the Humane Society as part of the 1st grade St. Francis Feast Day unit.

  • November- Cards for Veterans on Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving Food Drive collecting food for the Issaquah Food Bank and Encompass in the Snoqualmie Valley.

  • December- Parish Jesse Tree- Supporting several ministries adopted by the parish such as Eastside Baby Corner, Echo Glenn and the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank during the Christmas season. Support the Encompass, Snoqualmie Valley Pantry and Clothing Bank.

  • January- Coat Drive- Collect gently used, clean coats for the Issaquah Clothing Bank.

  • March/April (Lent)- Nuestros Peguenos Hermanos (Friends of the Orphans) coin collection. Collect coins for NPA, a Catholic organization that has homes in Mexico, Nicaragua, Haiti, Peru, and Guatemala for underprivileged children.

  • May- St. Martin de Porres Shelter-Collect travel size personal hygiene products for St. Martin de Porres shelter which provides shelter for homeless men age 50 and older.

  • Monthly- Each class has a turn making sandwiches at school for the homeless who reside at the Seattle Lazarus House.

Each class participates in a service experience that is appropriate for their age group. Class community service projects include:

  • Kindergarten - Students collect trash on the Issaquah Church facilities.

  • Grade 1 - Students oversee an all school pet food drive for the Humane Society.

  • Grade 2 - Students participate in activities with the residents at the University House, a senior living facility in Issaquah. Activities may include playing games, reading, and projects.

  • Grade 3 - Students provide service to the “Friends Luncheon”, a senior luncheon that takes place monthly at St. Joseph Church. The students play their recorders, sing, read poems, and make cards and placemats.

  • Grade 4 Students raise money for Project Ethiopia to purchase a school uniform, a second set of clothing, notebooks, soap, pen and book for a student in Ethiopia. They also cultivate a friendship through pictures and letters exchanged with the student who receives their gift.

  • Grade 5 Students collect items and write letters for Operation Shoebox. These items are included in care packages sent to military personnel deployed outside of the US to help raise their morale and let them know they are cared about.

  • Middle School -  Students in grades 6 – 8 provide food and serve hot meals the first Monday of each month as part of the Issaquah Meals Program.