Service continues to be an integral part of the fabric of a Red Bank Catholic education. Each year, our students carry on the tradition of service and work together to reach out to help our local community and communities around the world. So far this school year, students have already been working to make a difference.
Thirty members of the RBC Make a Wish Club participated in this year's "Walk for Wishes" and raised $3,500 for the Make a Wish Foundation of NJ. The club was also nominated for a national Make a Wish award for service and has earned the title of "Wish Granter" by raising a total of $30,000 over the last three years.
Each year, the Living in Faith Effectively ("LIFE") Club participates in the annual CROP Walk. This year, 35 club members walked to raise funds for local food banks. Currently, the LIFE Club is collecting food items for its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. The club distributes carloads of donations from the RBC community to five local organizations that help families in need. Last year, the LIFE Club was able to provide a complete Thanksgiving meal to over 350 families.
The Maryknoll Club continues to work to support the HOPE Project, an organization that helps orphans in developing countries pursue an education. Through the sale of water bottles in the bookstore, the club was able to send $2,500 to Cambodia and $1,500 to Kenya at the end of last year. They have just launched their "Find Your Soul Mate" shoe drive. For the remainder of the school year, there will be boxes throughout the school for donations of new and used shoes and sneakers of all sizes. This shoe drive is a fundraiser, and also provides shoes to those who would go without.
The RBC Arts for the Heart club visited two local assisted living communities this semester to provide an afternoon of entertainment. To the delight of the residents, students volunteer to share their talent, whether it is singing, dancing, playing an instrument or performing a monolog.
The Casey Caregivers Club continues its tradition of service with its first semester projects. They created learning aids for the Schroth School, visited the K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital where they gave the patients Halloween goodie bags, and made fleece blankets they will distribute when they return to the Children's Hospital in December to do some caroling. They are also collecting supplies to make a Christmas delivery to members of the RBC family who are serving in the military in Afghanistan.
The Minority Leadership Club has collected and distributed socks to the homeless in Red Bank and delivered Halloween candy to the pediatric patients at Riverview Medical Center. They are currently collecting supplies for Christmas care packages to send to the NJ National Guard serving overseas.
Casey Cheerleaders share the Casey spirit by volunteering together throughout the year. Over the summer they helped the students at the Schroth School enjoy their summer carnival, and volunteered at the school's Halloween carnival as well. They created Halloween and Thanksgiving decorations for Lunchbreak and are now getting ready to begin working with the "Shamrocks", a group of special cheerleaders in the Challenged Youth program.
As a result of their efforts to raise awareness about childhood cancer, the Caseys4Life and Scrapbook Clubs together were able to raise close to $4,000 to support childhood cancer organizations.
As they do each year, A Taste of Red Bank Club conducted a food drive in early September to support Lunchbreak. They are preparing to provide Christmas gifts for a family in need.
The Knit, Crochet and Loom for Charity Club is creating blankets for shelter animals that they will deliver to the Monmouth County Shelter. The Fashion Club is busy preparing their annual fashion show which will raise funds to support Make A Wish Foundation. The Hot Topics club ran a "Kindness Campaign" and raised close to $600 to support Breast Cancer awareness.
One of the newer clubs at RBC, the Military Career Club, sponsored a dress down day to honor veterans on Veterans Day. They were able to raise close to $2,000 to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.
Another new club, the Glamour Gals Club, has started making monthly after school visits to local senior homes providing companionship and complimentary manicures to senior women. The club gives students a fun and creative way to volunteer while providing the elderly with friendship and a renewed sense of beauty and dignity.
As always, and especially at this time of Thanksgiving, the Red Bank Catholic community is thankful for its many blessings. We count among them the students and teachers who, in keeping with the true Casey spirit, continually share their own blessings, time and talent with others.