By Kristen Fox / SUN staff writer
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Blessed Sacrament School Celebrates 75-year Relationship with Local Community Blessed Sacrament School was founded in 1931 with the goal of educating children in a Catholic environment while also serving the parish and neighboring community. The school immediately had an impact on the neighborhood and has continued to influence positively the Eastwood area for seventy-five years. In fact, the school and parish have become the focal and anchor of the community. Blessed Sacrament School is the centerpiece for much activity in the area and provides its resources and support for community events.
There are many specific ways that Blessed Sacrament School has strengthened and continues to build its relationship with the community. Recently, students at Blessed Sacrament School collected money for Catholic Relief Services for Hurricane Katrina victims and sent over 500 pounds of school supplies and backpacks to students in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. First and second graders are currently having a popcorn sale each week to buy books for students whose school library was destroyed during the hurricane. Fifth grade students sold colored paper leaves and raised money for Camp Good Days and Special Times.
The first graders have established the tradition of making pumpkin pies to donate to the Rescue Mission for Thanksgiving. This year they made sixty-five delicious pies. Blessed Sacrament School students also participated in the first annual Nun Fun Run raising monies for the Franciscan Sisters Option for the Poor Fund. Each student also adopts a parish shut-in. This service project, coordinated by Sr. Maureen Murphy, CSJ, of the Ministry of Care Program, brings joy to the elderly in nursing homes and parishioners confined to their homes.
Other fund-raising activities for charity include the “snack-shack,” which is run by fourth and fifth graders, and “Pennies for Patients,” which is coordinated by first graders. These efforts to raise money for those in need teach the students that every little penny can make a difference. All of these activities help the students become aware of the needs of others and promote the Gospel message of loving one’s neighbors.
Blessed Sacrament School is also committed to promoting lifelong learning and academic excellence within a warm, caring, and nurturing Catholic environment. There is an emphasis on a child-centered education by helping every child to develop spiritually, intellectually, physically, psychologically and socially. Faculty, staff and parents strive to enable children to develop their fullest potential.
Blessed Sacrament School is pleased to announce that it has been granted accreditation for a period of seven years by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools. Blessed Sacrament School successfully completed the self-study, strategic planning and evaluation requirements of the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools accreditation protocol. The school was commended by the commission for its commitment to school improvement that was evident throughout the process.
There are many social activities held by Blessed Sacrament School that are enjoyed by the community. The school Annual Holiday Auction is a formal evening event open to the public that this year raised over $36, 000 for the new Social Studies Series that was adopted for kindergarten through 6th grade students. The Blessing of the Animals Prayer Service, Farmer’s Market, Halloween Parade and Haunted House are annual neighborhood favorites, as are Christmas concerts and Breakfast with Santa.
The Blessed Sacrament School community is extremely proud of our academic excellence and commitment to service. In September 2006, Blessed Sacrament School will celebrate its 75th Anniversary. The entire school community looks forward to celebrating this special occasion.