For the past few weeks, four Loyola boys from Loyola High School of Los Angeles spent their time at Good Shepherd Shelter to complete their senior service project. The four students spent their time in our elementary school, each with a specific class ranging from Pre-K to 4th grade.
Brogan, Josef, Zachary and Santino, in their community service, have worked with different populations and age groups. It was their first time working with children who have witnessed and/or experienced trauma. Brogan said, "they [the children] were more open to trying new thing and have a lot of energy". The small classroom sizes and rotation to different academic subjects enabled the Loyola Boys to get to know the children personally.
Our students had their first science fair, thanks to the Loyola Boys. In groups, the students worked with the Loyola seniors to create a science project. Of course, there was a volcano to add to the excitement. The elementary students were able to showcase their projects to the Sisters, their mothers and other staff at Good Shepherd Shelter. It was a proud moment that our families shared with the Loyola boys.
The Jesuit value, men for others, is very important in the high school's curriculum. The young men embodied this value by serving our community with open hearts and a selfless commitment to the children at Good Shepherd Shelter. Their service and dedication with the children at Good Shepherd Shelter reflected their desire to serve people in their community.
All four Loyola boys will be furthering their education at a college or university this coming fall semester. We wish them the best and hope that they visit us soon!