In the Dominican tradition of caring for others, preaching the Good News and protecting the environment, the Academy offers numerous opportunities for students to serve their school, local, and even global communities. Whether as part of Mission Club, Environmental Club, National Honors Society, Student Council, or the Preachers, Upper School students lead and serve others as tutors, volunteers, fundraisers, or stewards of the Earth.
In their senior year, students have the opportunity to put the Gospel message of service to work through Project Justice. They complete approximately 60 hours of service in local institutions serving the needs of young children, the elderly and the handicapped. In addition, Upper school students travel to sites of natural disasters, such as New Orleans or Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
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Lacordaire Academy is rooted in the charism of Dominican Spirituality and the pillars of study, prayer, preaching, and community. As a way of putting these pillars into action and encountering Christ in our daily lives, we are called to serve. Service is tracked in two areas—service to the broader community and service within Lacordaire Academy. Students are required to accrue a total of 16 hours of volunteer service hours (a maximum of four hours on campus) per school year. Service Documentation Forms are collected at Midterms and Finals. Forms and a list of service opportunities are available from the Religious Studies Department and Advisors.
Our Lower School offers a sacramental program for our Catholic students. In second grade students receive the sacrament of Reconciliation in the Lacordaire convent and are prepared for First Eucharist in our religion classes. Although they make their First Communion through their parish, Lacordaire holds a special mass for communicants and their families in the chapel of the Mother House. All students participate in monthly liturgies.
The L.A.C.O. Service club holds fundraisers, such as food and clothing drives, as well as community minded activities, such as letter writing campaigns to soldiers abroad or visits to senior residences. Peer tutoring involves middle school students as tutors for younger students in grades K-4. Tutoring is one hour weekly and it is all gratis. The Environmental Club is another way for community minded individuals to get involved. Each year the club produces an endangered species calendar, takes a field trip to the marshes or Sandy Hook, oversees Earth Day activities and maintains the science garden. Interested students can also join Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts with other Lacordaire students in local troops.