A new year to serve

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Convent of the Sacred Heart students are making service-oriented resolutions for the 2015 year because they recognize that they can better themselves through their service to those in need. Jade Cohen ’17

Convent of the Sacred Heart students are making service-oriented resolutions for the 2015 year because they recognize that they can better themselves through their service to those in need.  Jade Cohen '17
Convent of the Sacred Heart students are making service-oriented resolutions for the 2015 year because they recognize that they can better themselves through their service to those in need.
Jade Cohen ’17

Although popular New Year’s resolutions include losing weight, improving organization, spending less money and staying fit, Convent of the Sacred Heat students are making service-oriented goals. Many aspire to surpass the required 25 hours of community service in the new year.
“Instead of volunteering just to fulfill my required school hours, my New Year’s resolution is to help those in my community. For Christmas, I helped organize toys for less fortunate kids,” freshman Bridget Murphy said.
Sacred Heart students understand that through service work they can positively impact others’ lives. Unlike many New Year’s resolutions, these service goals will not fade away or lose importance by the end of January, but will continue into the summer and beyond.
“In summer 2015, I want to travel to an orphanage in China because I hope to make a difference in the lives of abandoned children. This has always been on my bucket list,” sophomore Tatiana Lieberman said.
Director of Campus Ministry and Upper School Community Service, Mrs. Lori Wilson, encourages Sacred Heart girls to serve those in need in the 2015 year.
“When students make resolutions it’s about who they want to become,” Mrs. Wilson said. “If they want to be women for others and develop that part of their character, they would make a service oriented resolution.”
Prior to Christmas, the Community Service club led a toy drive for children in the Saturdays at Sacred Heart program. In the new year, the club will provide several students with several more opportunities to put their service resolutions into action. Students can participate in the ice cream social to help raise money for the Summer Academy or perform in the annual Talent for Tots show whose proceeds benefit the Sacred Heart school in Uganda and the Summer Academy.
Sweets from the Heart is another community service based club at Sacred Heart that will give students the chance to visit Blythedale Children’s Hospital once a month.
And a selected group of girls will be fulfilling their service resolutions soon after the start of the new year by traveling to New Orleans in the beginning of January. They will help build and repair houses from Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

According to Mrs. Wilson, Sacred Heart students should set resolutions directed at serving those in need or addressing a social justice issue. She believes that resolutions motivate individuals to help others and therefore empower them to change the world.
“​Lessoning suffering or hardship is a great thing to do, helping to work at creating a world where the struggle doesn’t exist is even better,” Mrs. Wilson said.

– Jade Cohen, Staff Writer