Students at Christian Brothers Academy are always involved in a variety of worthy community service projects, but on March 18, 2011, the CBA faculty led by example as 63 administrators, teachers and staff members went out into the community to lend a helping hand as part of a Faculty Service Day.
Small groups of faculty members served lunch at the Rescue Mission, Ronald McDonald House, the Salvation Army Senior Center and the Ida Benderson Senior Center. Others cleaned stalls for ARISE at the Farm, walked dogs for Helping Hounds Dog Rescue and cleaned cages at the CNYSPCA. Some worked with Pre-K students at St. Vincent de Paul Day Care and helped dissect owl pellets in a science class at Dr. King Elementary School. Another group spent time with patients at the Syracuse VA Medical Center. Still others stayed at Christian Brothers Academy to assemble 180 kits for emergency shelters like Vera House, Dorothy Day House, YWCA Residence Program, and the Salvation Army Emergency Shelter. The kits contained new pillows, coloring books and crayons, teddy bears and other essentials.
“This was a wonderful opportunity for our faculty to work together to give back to so many worthwhile organizations in this community, said Margaret Perkins, director of campus ministry. “It was a true testament to the Lasallian spirit at Christian Brothers Academy.”
CBA Science teacher Lisa Mather helps students at Dr. King Elementary School dissect owl pellets.
CBA faculty member Kevin Conroy cleans a stall at ARISE at the Farm.