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Service Learning

We are committed to service learning as a way to incorporate civic responsibility through service into the curriculum. From the beginning your days at SJND, you have opportunities to volunteer in the community--at a food bank, at a retirement home, or wherever your spiritual journey and civic commitment take you.

Lead through Service

In addition to community service on retreats, find ways to serve others and learn through clubs and classes. Our Visual and Performing Arts Department sponsors a service learning project called "Arts Across the Generations," which gives our arts students the opportunity to volunteer with the elderly on a video project. Members of the school's Spanish honor society, Sociedad Honoraria Hispánica, hosts a "Rice and Bean Drive" each year to collect food for the Oakland Catholic Worker. Members of the Honors Biology classes work in the state parks to eradicate invasive plant species.

Catholic Schools Week

Each year, SJND celebrates Catholic Schools Week with a variety of activities, including a prayer service in support of an organization or cause. Our 2018 prayer service and "Penny Wars" fundraiser supported UNICEF disaster relief services.

Summer 2018 Sierra Service Project

Service learning projects are designed to develop students' sense of social and personal responsibility, increase their understanding of the conditions that warrant service, and challenge them to recognize their potential as agents of social change. By the students immersing themselves into a full week of service, they are truly able to walk away understanding that they can make a positive impact on the world.

During the summer of 2018 (July 15-21), SJND students have the opportunity to travel to San Diego's South Bay to work with the Sierra Service Project. The trip will include service work, such as painting and rebuilding of structures, as well as community engagement work focused around the intersection of immigration, poverty and the environment. Learn more.

In 2017, students spent a week volunteering in Chiloquin, Oregon. Read more about the trip here.