ERIC Number: ED310948
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Apostolic Service Activities for Catholic Elementary School Students.
Kealey, Robert J., Ed.
Over the last several years, educators have emphasized the need for students to become involved in service programs for others. An effective Catholic educational program must emphasize the message of the Gospel and encourage students to live in harmony and serve each other. Students who participate in service activities on a regular basis develop these qualities. The purpose of apostolic service programs is to help students acquire the Gospel values of justice to others, love of neighbor, and service to the world. Successful programs are developmentally appropriate, provide continual challenges, are part of real-life situations, and are sufficiently developed so that both students and teachers are fully prepared for the experience. Activities are described for primary, intermediate, and upper elementary grades students. They include collections, service in the school, and service outside the school. Addresses from which to obtain further information are provided. Primary grade activities include collecting for World Hunger Day, cleaning the school yard, and adopt-a-family programs. Activities for intermediate grade students include a walk-a-thon for the homeless, a big brother/big sister program within the school to assist younger students, and a foster grandparent reading and visitation program. Upper grade activities include a Christmas basket collection, cross-age tutoring, and service to the community kitchen. (GEA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National Catholic Educational Association, Washington, DC. Dept. of Elementary Schools.