Arrupe Project 2015
Based upon Catholic Social Teaching, Scripture, and the Corporal Works of Mercy, the goal of the Arrupe Project is to empower students to become men and women for others through faith, service, and justice as they demonstrate our school’s Student Learning Expectation of Being Committed to Doing Justice. Seventh and Eighth grade students at St. Francis Xavier participate in the Arrupe Project, which challenges them to research issues that affect their community. Through this project, students “pay it forward” by becoming personally engaged in their response to social injustice. During their religion class, students research local organizations that are actively engaged in ending inequality.
Students begin their project by earning $10, which is then matched by the school through grants. These start-up funds are used by the students in their fundraising efforts, which range from selling small homemade items at the Arrupe Marketplace (7th grade), to creative student-organized fundraisers (8th grade). As their Arrupe Projects conclude, students use their funds to purchase items needed by the organization, then personally deliver those items.
"Go set the world on fire." -Saint Ignatius
My Ten Dollars
I chose the MANA House because of my experience as a military family. My father had served twenty year in the Marines and went into combat four times. I always thought that I had a tough life because of it, but when I first entered the MANA House I completely changed my idea of my family and myself changed. I was lucky enough that my dad didn't get injured in combat, but the veterans at the MANA House weren't so lucky. I feel like our veterans deserve more than what we are giving them so I decided to chose them for my Arrupe Project as a thanks for what they sacrificed.
"It is heartwarming to think that our youth are beggining to help the needy at a young age." - Karol Lankhorse
My Goal vs. Actualy Raised
Purchasing and Delivering Items
- Two HD Logitech Webcams so the veterans could see their families because some of them lived far away.
- Two computer microphones so they can talk to their families.