Sophomore Class Retreat: Cradles to Crayons
For their retreat this year, the sophomore class stepped outside from their usual retreat day at St. Julia’s parish. They instead focused on helping the community while still growing as a class at Cradles to Crayons. Cradles to Crayons is a nonprofit organization that helps children who are low-income or homeless up to age 12 by collecting donations. Every sophomore, peer minister, and adult attending the retreat was required to bring in their own donations as well.
All of the students got a chance to see just how their donations were helping other children by doing a series of tasks such as sorting donations to make sure they were the best quality as well as sorting by size and gender and even “shopping” from a list of things a specific child needed to create a “kid pack” that would surely put a smile on any child’s face.
The peer ministers running the retreat were just as new to this as the sophomores were, making it a new and exciting experience for almost everyone involved. Together, everyone pitched in to help make sure that everything being sent out to the children was something they would be proud to receive themselves.
By the end of the day, it was very clear that this form of service greatly impacted everyone who attended. The sophomores not only formed closer bonds with their classmates, but also built a strong sense of what it feels like to help the community while doing so. A day filled with fun service, music, laughter, and of course pizza, it is easy to say that this retreat was a success, and many children were helped because of the amazing effort by all who participated.
-Michelle R., ’17