Students honored for service hours _lowres

Photo provided by JENNIFER M. FONTAINE -- St. Joseph's Academy Associate Principal Jacqueline Labat, left, presents senior Alyssa Kleinpeter with a plaque at an April 16 ceremony. Kleinpeter was one of 74 seniors recognized for dedicating 50 or more hours to service during each of their four years at SJA.

Four hundred St. Joseph’s Academy students exceeded their required 50 hours of community service during the school year, completing more than 41,000 hours of service, school officials said.

SJA honored these students at an April 16 ceremony held in the school’s activity center.

During the summer of 2013, 132 students traveled throughout the United States and abroad on a mission trips, a news release from the school said. In October, the senior class spent a day in service, organizing items to furnish 15 apartments for refugee families in Baton Rouge.

This spring, 44 students helped build a house through the Habitat for Humanity Youth Build effort, and over the past year, students, faculty and staff have provided approximately 5,000 Sticker Sacks to help St. Vincent de Paul in its fight against hunger in the community.

Campus Minister Kristen Lazarine said that through service, SJA students are afforded the opportunity to reflect upon the dignity of others, understand their personal dignity within a global context and join in solidarity as they identify on the most basic human level with those they serve.

“This service fosters growth in awareness of themselves and others while transforming their connection with all of God’s creation,” she said.

This year, 125 freshmen, 139 sophomores, 106 juniors and 31 seniors completed more than 50 hours of service.

Another 74 seniors performed 50 or more hours during each of their four years at SJA.