When you first came to St. Francis, you joined other young men in the search for your own growth and development in an emerging Christian community. Together with your parents, we try to help you realize that ultimately it is you who must develop yourself into a responsible person in the real world. To help your personal growth and ongoing reflective process, the Senior Project has been instituted.
Seniors will design, develop, execute, and evaluate a service project over the course of the academic year having shown a minimum of 20 hours of work, which includes both the planning, and execution of the service. Students may work individually or in small groups of no more than 4 students. Participation, completion and presentation of the senior project will be part of your Second Semester Religion Vocations grade.
The Senior Project should reflect the Corporal Works of Mercy as set forth by the Catholic Church; these are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.
- Feed the hungry
- Shelter the homeless
- Clothe the naked
- Visit the sick and imprisoned
- Bury the dead
- Give alms to the poor
All projects must be completed by April 31st, 2017. Seniors who do not complete their service project may not take their final examinations.
Students will present projects to their religions classes with a faculty panel from May 1-12, 2017.
SOME FURTHER REQUIREMENTS, OBSERVATIONS, AND SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS:
- The Senior project may benefit the St. Francis community or an off campus community.
- Students may not work for profit businesses and they may not receive any PAY, WAGES, OR SALARIES for services performed during the project.
- There will be no project approved that involves students’ own parents or immediate relatives or firms run by the same. No project will be approved if a parent or relative works for the same company at the same site being considered.
- Ideally, seniors’ projects should be at places different from other seniors’ projects. Several seniors at one location may affect the project’s goal to give an experience away from school-related work and relationships.
Charity vs. Service: Students sometimes are inspired to collect items and/or funds for a specific cause/charity/organization. While fundraising and advocacy can be a component of the project, there must be an element of direct service through which the students have face-to-face interaction with the group being served.