S.O.S. Students of Service
Following Jesus’ example of giving to others by serving our community.
This completely voluntary group at Our Lady of Angels School is focused on following the Catholic tradition of service. S.O.S. awards are given at the end of the year prayer service to the students in grades K-5 for participating in at least one activity (usually one hour) per quarter. Grades 6-8 must complete twelve (12) hours of service in the community. Some suggested activities are: Brown Bag Sunday where lunches are packed for the homeless, letters written to the sick, home-bound and lonely, or cards to the soldiers serving our country.
This year, in addition to our four main activities (one each quarter), we will offer additional opportunities throughout the year for students to participate in. We encourage students in all grades to get involved in as many activities as they can. Students in grades K-5 who participate in at least 4 activities during the school year will earn a certificate. Students in grades 6-8 must complete 3 hours of service each quarter and will be checked by homeroom teachers.
First Initiative: Leaves of Love
For the first activity, our children will focus on the traditional "Leaves of Love" theme. In the past, students have been encouraged to help neighbors or grandparents with tasks like raking leaves, clearing walks, simple gardening tasks, taking out the garbage, or other tasks. We have broadened the scope of this initiative to include other acts of kindness. These might include backing cookies and dropping them off at a local fire station or sending a letter to an elderly relative. The concept is to help children understand how their acts of kindness and service bring love to the world. Let them be creative in showing their kind hearts to others.
Please have your child complete their acts of kindness and an SOS project form by October 27th. The forms are new this year; each time your child completes a service activity, please have them complete the form. Parents should sign the form and return it to the envelope in your child's classroom. We will collect forms and track participation this way. Forms are available in the classrooms.
As part of SOS, OLA's junior high students are invited to participate in "TAG" (Teen Ambassador Group) to volunteer and help at OLA's school and parish community outreach programs throughout the school year. Students who sign up and work will earn hours toward their community service requirements.For more information on TAG, please email email@example.com.#OLATagTeam