‘Day of Service’ Kicks Off Catholic Schools Week

January 30, 2018

To celebrate the start of Catholic Schools Week across the country, the CBA Student Council sponsored their first-ever “Day of Service” for students on Monday afternoon.

The Student Council organized four different activities for about 100 students and a handful of faculty members to participate in. One group cooked meals for over 40 homeless individuals, whipping up a complete dinner of hamburgers, macaroni & cheese, vegetables and chips.

A second group spent time writing thank-you notes for the dedicated faculty. The students will distribute these notes this Friday on Teacher Appreciation Day. Another group was responsible for loading food donations into a bus, which was then driven to Lunch Break in Red Bank and The Center in Asbury Park.

Finally, the Project Grove club planted vegetables, which will be donated when grown. Project Grove is a year-long club that grows various plants and vegetables in one of the CBA courtyards.

“To bring focus and reaffirm CBA’s commitment to service, we sponsored the first ever CBA Day of Service,” said Student Council President Gerald Sharpe ’18. “By working with several community partners, we hoped to serve and respond to the needs of those around us. This opportunity brought many in the CBA community together to once again carry out the principle that is an integral facet of CBA’s mission: serving and standing for those in need.”

The Day of Service comes one day after nearly 50 students and eight faculty members participated in the annual AOH Polar Plunge in Sea Bright. By diving into the icy ocean water, the CBA contingent raised money to help supplement the various service trips and projects that CBA sponsors each year. While the donation pledges are still being counted, CBA will have raised a few thousand dollars for students to continue to take these life-changing trips to help others.

These great events were a perfect beginning to Catholic Schools Week, which is being celebrated across the country and sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association. CBA will have a full week of events and activities during the week, including a special “Celebrating Vocations Day” on Thursday. The CBA students and faculty will celebrate the Brothers who are responsible for making the CBA education possible, while also welcoming Sister Helen Prejean for a special morning assembly.

The Academy held a special Catholic Schools Week Mass, celebrated by long-time CBA teacher Father Gary Koch, on Monday morning as well.

About Christian Brothers Academy:

Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) is a private, Catholic, academic preparatory school for boys located in Lincroft, New Jersey. Founded in 1959 and taught in the Lasallian tradition, CBA is dedicated to helping students become intellectually mature and morally responsible leaders for society. Through the combined efforts of the Office of Advancement and friends of the Academy, CBA awards over $1.5 million in scholarships and financial aid to current students. Experience the Academy at www.CBALincroftNJ.org.