A Day of Service on Tuesday, May 13th at sites around St. Louis, including in the Cityof Kirkwood, brought St. John Vianney's freshmen, sophomores, teachers, staff and alumni together to make our community a better place. In all, about 500 students worked on service projects around St. Louis on Tuesday.
A large contingent of Vianney students and teachers spent their day on Tuesday, May 13th, helping to beautify local municipal parks in the City of Kirkwood. Another large group of workers descended upon the Washington Park Cemetery in Berkely, Mo., by Lambert-St. Louis Airport. There, they worked on landscaping the cemetery, which has been the center of revitalization efforts for the past several years, according to Sean Scanlon, a Vianney teacher who helped coordinate the Service Day effort.
For the past five years, Vianney has enlisted its Freshmen, Sophomores, Staff, Teachers, Parents and Alumni to participate in this Day of Service. Students report to school for a prayer service, then go to service sites around the area. The juniors are working on individual service projects throughout the remainder of the school year. The Day of Service for the younger classes was a natural fit, and the school provides transportation service to service sites.
Vianney's students worked on landscaping projects in Kirkwood parks, and another 35 students will go to Covenent House. Other work sites included the St. Louis Area Foodbank, the CFNA Peace Center, the Howard Head Start program, and the Magnolia Head Start program.
"Vianney is committed to the Marianist goal of educating for service, justice, and peace. We'll be taking a hands-on approach to achieving that goal as we tackle our 5th Annual Service Day," said Dr. Tim Dilg, Vianney's principal.