Saint Simon students perform over 5,000 hours of Community Service

(Photo:  Dipashreya Sur, eighth grader and preschool students)

Each year, Saint Simon Parish School students in sixth through eighth grades are asked to complete service hours as part of the overall curriculum in support of parish outreach initiatives.  Sixth graders are asked to perform 10 service hours per year, seventh grade, 20 hours, and eighth grade, 30 hours. For the 2013-2014 school year, students provided 5,000+ hours of service to their church, school and local community agencies.

Dipashreya Sur, eighth grader, performed 225+ hours of service through a variety of projects. As part of her proposed Girl Scout Silver Award project, she wanted to encourage and teach students about plant life cycles.  She demonstrated for Saint Simon preschoolers how to plant, water and weed edible plants including radishes, lettuce, carrots, squash and spinach.  Harvested plants were donated to local families in need.

Dipashreya also volunteered with the Sunnyvale Community Service Center, and assisted as a counselor during art camp at Saint Simon. She will be attending Notre Dame High School in San Jose.

Other service awards include 130+ hours -- Triona Delumpa (lector and altar service at Saint Simon); 90+ hours -- Ellie Higgins (Lytton Gardens, InnVision, Health Trust/Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army, American Cancer Society); 80+ hours -- Nolan Downey (Decathlon Sports Club), and Anya Moturi (Serra Little League-Cupertino, Saint Simon art camp); 70+ hours -- Thomas Clark (St. Julie’s Tijuana Ministry); 60+ hours -- Elizabeth Anderson (Fremont Hills swim club), and Hanna Ready (Saint Simon Vacation Bible School and art camp).

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