As each day of Mission Week focuses on a core value, there is one that the whole month of September is dedicated to. Every year, the value of service is practiced through a special service project. Projects in the past include Thanksgiving canned drives through Operation Others.
This is the first year where the Servite Connection Club, the organizers of Mission Week, has partnered with the Faith In Action Team (FIAT) of Campus Ministry to coordinate the service activity. The activity this year is to bring new or lightly-used school supplies. The school supplies will then be donated to three metro schools: Franklin Elementary, the Jesuit Academy and Nelson Mandela Elementary.
“The FIAT team had a lot of ideas circulating for the service project, but we felt this one was more appropriate since it’s the beginning of the school year,” FIAT member
junior Lauren Klingemann said. “Since school supplies are on sale currently, we believe it would be easier to donate a lot.”
Working with the Servite Connection Club on the project has allowed for better awareness amongst the school. “Having the project represent the value of service and compassion has helped it a bit,” Klingemann said. The Friday activity was to show compassion for the Omaha community by taking part in the donation.
The project started Sept. 6 and continues until Sept 30. Donated items should be placed in the blue bin by the office.“We want to get as many supplies as we can to help out these kids. Even a single notebook or some pencils will be greatly appreciated,” Klingemann said.