What is a faith without justice? As a follower of Christ, I strive to be as much like Him as possible. How is this possible without working for justice? Here at Lakewood Catholic Academy, we instill in our saints the mission to embrace and live out a faith that brings justice through our Social Justice Curriculum.
Each grade learns about an injustice in our world. They then create a service project to help bring justice to this issue. Our Preschool and Kindergarten saints have explored hunger. 1st grade is learning and serving the veterans. 2nd grade has cared for our local elderly. 3rd grade is exploring the injustices of education both locally and globally. 4th grade is working to help save the environment. 5th grade is exploring the challenges of those with developmental differences. 6th grade is diving deeper into the problems of hunger and homelessness both near and far. 7th grade continues to learn about healthcare and what challenges face those who do not have access to healthcare. Our 8th grade saints continue to learn about microfinancing and the international refugee crisis. Each saint will experience and work towards finding justice for injustices throughout the world by the time their journey at LCA is complete.
I firmly believe that the mission of a Catholic school is not to simply educate the mind, but the heart and whole child. I believe this happens best in a community where scholars respect others’ differences both in the classroom and beyond. Each opportunity our saints have to learn and explore different issues throughout the world helps fulfill this mission.
By exposing our saints to these issues during their time at LCA, we hope to open their eyes to a world beyond their own. These experiences help prepare well-rounded scholars to embrace the challenges of a changing world. LCA’s Social Justice Curriculum will help our saints to live out a faith that does justice.
~Miss Courtney Ryan, Second Grade Teacher and Campus Minister