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Saint John’s Prep Starts New School Year with Service Project

For Saint John’s Prep, the start of school means more than just buying new pencils and notebooks, it’s also a time to come together to serve the greater community. Students, teachers and staff of Saint John’s Prep started the school year with a special service project in St. Cloud. On their last official day of summer, August 22, 70 students came together to support the Catholic Charities La Cruz Community. This south St. Cloud apartment complex serves many families who take part in Catholic Charities Financial and Housing Counseling programs.

Today’s service project was the last activity in the SJP 2017 Orientation for new and returning students. Volunteers from grades 6-12 took part in the project. They gathered at Saint John’s Prep in Collegeville for breakfast and a prayer before heading into St. Cloud on buses. Advisors and staff divided the students into 7 teams of ten for the onsite projects. Each team worked together to complete their task.

Saint John’s Prep students did exterior maintenance projects on the buildings and the surrounding landscaping. Duties included raking leaves, clearing debris, washing walls and cleaning sidewalks.

School begins on Wednesday, August 23 for all Saint John’s Prep students in grades 6-12. The school will celebrate their convocation at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, August, 24 in the Saint John’s Abbey Church. This is the school’s 161st year, it was founded by Benedictine Monks in 1857.