"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them."
At Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton School, service to the community is a pillar of the SEAS educational experience. Throughout the school year, individual classrooms, students, parents, and other members of the SEAS family come together to participate in various activities that help them become good stewards of the community.
A sample of recent SEAS community service projects include:
School-Wide Food Drives
Throughout the years, students participate in different food drives as a way to stake a stand against hunger, learn the value of giving, and follow the example of Jesus and provide to the hungry. Classes will regularly compete against each other to see which classroom can bring in the most donations. Food drives have resulted in the donation of thousands of pounds of food. Annual events include a Thanksgiving food drive for Head Start families, a canned food drive for the Saint Francis Food Pantry, and the Souper Bowl canned soup drive for Covenant House.
Community Trash Pick-Up Event
SEAS encourages every student to recognize that they are a part of a greater community. The yearly trash pick-up event takes place in the Fall and enables students to take positive action in helping to keep their community and neighborhoods clean.
Easter Basket Donations
During the Easter season, as a class project, Kindergarten students fill baskets with goodies and treats which are then donated to AWAIC for distribution to children staying in the shelter.
Yearly Potato Planting & Harvest
Each spring, the fifth grade class plants potatoes to grow over the summer. In the fall, those same student who are now in sixth grade harvest the crop and the potatoes to Bean’s Café to feed the hungry. This is a longstanding SEAS tradition that provides further opportunity for SEAS students to help others.
In 2021, students harvested and donated 104 pounds of potatoes.