Salpointe Students Recognized in Tucson Lifestyle Magazine for Outstanding Youths in Philanthropy
From Tucson Lifestyle, November 2019 Issue:
Some 1,200 teenagers get bragging rights this year as the 2019 Outstanding Youths in Philanthropy.
They make up the student body of Salpointe Catholic High School. Last year they spent more than 42,000 hours on charitable works.
Service is a hallmark of Salpointe students, whose education includes living their faith through good works. Every student is required to complete 15 hours of service each year. Last school year that totaled more than 23,000 hours -- 23-percent more than what was required of them.
The beneficiaries of that work included Ben's Bells, Boy Scouts, Kino Border Initiative, Gospel Rescue Mission and St. Luke's Home.
A program that started in 2016 goes a step further. IMPACT service days tie directly to course work. "The IMPACT Service Days are unique as they align course curriculum to justice on a much broader sense," says Jennifer Harris, the school's director of advancement. "We ask the question, 'How does our high school curriculum link to justice?'"
Freshmen attack hunger and poverty; sophomores focus on stewardship of God's creation; juniors learn compassion by helping the poor and vulnerable; and seniors design projects on social justice issues. In the two November days of service, more than 60 partner organizations and sites receive student assistance while teaching them about the lives of people they serve.