The student council of Saint Benedict Catholic School leads the school in community service through their example. Throughout the year, the 8th grade looks for opportunities to earn money and provide assistance. They sponsor a soup supper during Lent, volunteer at Oktoberfest, and lend a helping hand wherever they are needed. At the conclusion of each year, the students help to decide which organizations they would like to support with their contributions. This past year the Student Council gave away over $2,000 in charitable donations.
Friends of the Homeless
Helping those in need is a key precept of the Gospel message. Saint Benedict puts this into action through a partnership with the Richmond Friends of the Homeless. Once a month, the students assemble 100 bag lunches. Representatives from the 8th grade distribute the lunches at Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church.
Canned Food Drives
Saint Benedict students have collected canned goods for both the Little Sisters of the Poor and the Central Virginia Food Bank. Last year students collected 468 pounds of canned goods for the Food Bank.
The 1st and 3rd grades each adopted a Sudanese family, One family had 3 children and the other family had 8 children. The classes sent clothes, dolls, diapers, and other gifts to help these families in need and promote the Gospel virtue of charity.
Pennies for Life
Previously the city of Richmond participated in the national 40 Days for Life campaign to promote the sanctity of human life and dignity of each person. Students of Saint Benedict Catholic School participated by collecting pennies from their own homes, the parish, and the wider community. After being counted and rolled, the pennies were donated to a Crisis Pregnancy Center to help women in need.
Books for Haiti
On their own initiative, the 4th grade class decided to collect books and school supplies for children in the impoverished areas of Haiti. The students collected materials from the entire school during Lent. The school supplies were taken to a school in Haiti by members of the Haiti Outreach of the Diocese of Richmond.