Service

Service has become a requirement at so many schools, where it’s all about noting hours and checking off lists. At Holy Child, service to others is a way of life, part of the tapestry of the rich experience here. Our students routinely reach out to the wider community with, as one of our network goals state, “joy, zeal and compassion.”

Cornelia Connelly wrote in her journals about a “love full of action,” a love of God that is shown each and every day. Forming relationships is what our spirit of service is about: dancing with your friend at a Best Buddies social, encouraging the 5th grader you tutor at Washington Middle School for Girls, greeting each person as you serve dinner on McKenna’s Wagon.

Our Holy service traditions are many, but here are some examples: Sandwiches for Martha’s Table: One of the longest-running traditions at Holy Child (and one of Martha’s Table’s longest-serving groups), our girls bring in food donations every Friday to feed the hungry—we topped out one week at more than 6,000 sandwiches!

Opportunities

Potomac Community Resources

Holy Child sustains the longest partnership with PCR in promoting relationships & social opportunities with our peers who have developmental differences and hosts a majority of their major events on our campus.

 

Help The Homeless Walkathon

Every October, our entire school hosts and participates in this walk to raise awareness and funds for Bethesda Cares and New Endeavors by Women.

Washington Middle School For Girls

Our students tutor middle school girls in an underserved neighborhood throughout the year at this, our sister school. In addition, our Fathers Club hosts father/daughter outings to paint classrooms and work on other renovation projects on a continuing basis.

 

Thanksgiving Baskets

Every year we provide Thanksgiving food baskets to families in need at the McKenna Center.

New Endeavors By Women

Holy Child provides basic necessities to needy women and children through annual collections.

 

Christmas Toy Drive

We ensure that every student at St. Augustine School receives a special gift from “Santa” every year.

Alumnae Association Santa Project

Alumnae and current students raise money each year to provide a gift to each student at Washington Middle School for Girls; we have given logo scarves and hats, pajamas, and other personal items.

Junior Service Project

Required for graduation and integrated into the junior year theology curriculum, our thirty-hour service project focuses on learning service as a way of life in building ongoing relationships with a person or population in need. Many of our students continue this service well beyond the required hours and time frame, and the lives of our alumnae attest to their ongoing commitment to service.

 

Ivymount School

Initiated by a Holy Child alumna when she was a sophomore, the Ivymount project continues as a weekly opportunity for our students to work and build social skills with students who have special needs.

 

Service Clubs/Student Initiatives

Many of our service activities are sponsored by our school clubs and/or based on the initiative of our students, from Wounded Warriors to a children’s hospital in Philadelphia. As they learn about the world around them, Holy Child girls respond by acting with justice. Many of our alumna have become leaders on their college campuses in community service there and at home.

 

Leadership in Action

In addition to holding a leadership post in one of our many clubs or athletic teams, students may be elected to lead as a member of Student Council, or get chosen to be part of our Host/Ambassador Program.

Clubs and Organizations

We have always said: if you don’t find a club that interests you, start a new one! Over the years, our groups have included everything from Best Buddies (one of the most established) to the newly founded Club USA.

Service

Service has become a requirement at so many schools, where it’s all about noting hours and checking off lists. At Holy Child, service to others is a way of life, part of the tapestry of the rich experience here. Our students routinely reach out to the wider community with, as one of our network goals state, “joy, zeal and compassion.”

Campus Ministry

Creative prayer and lively worship are central to our life as a Holy Child community. We always like to quote the saying, “singing is praying twice,” and it epitomizes how we approach the spiritual part of the Holy Child experience.

Counseling

As an all girls’ school with more than half a century of experience, we know intimately that the emotional, the spiritual, and the academic are all intertwined in the success of any student. It is our mission to serve the whole student, her academic endeavors, her emotional growth, and her spiritual development.

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Staff

Julie Burke
Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2239

Trish Fraser
Assistant Dean of Students
301.365.0955 x2114

Elizabeth Billett
School Counselor
301.365.0955 x2116

Katia Vargas
Multicultural Diversity Coordinator
301.365.0955 x2195

Catherine Albornoz
Campus Ministry
301.365.0955 x2223

Lisa Orosa
Middle School Religion/Campus Minister
301.365.0955 x2141