For the second year running, students from La Costa Canyon High School visited St. Michael’s by-the-Sea to support our Sack Lunch program. Seventy students filled over a thousand sack lunches between November and January, preparing all the lunches needed to fulfill this ministry through the end of the year and into 2017.

These students are part of an elective Sociology class led by teacher John Digiulio. Their visits were integrated into Digiulio’s curriculum involving trips to several other locations, including Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community and La Posada shelter. These field trips allow students an opportunity to witness what life is like for people in a variety of situations and to broaden their understanding of their community and the larger world.

I had the opportunity to coordinate a ‘Sack Pack’ and discussion during their most recent visits to St. Michael’s. I was encouraged by the students’ enthusiasm and curiosity. They were proactive and worked well as a team. In addition to packing the lunches, they wrote messages on each bag with reminders for each recipient that they are worthy and loved.  Students also collected essential hygiene items such as toothbrushes, shampoo, and body wash.

It is a blessing to be a part of this promising relationship with La Costa Canyon High School. The students’ desire to find solutions to challenging social issues is inspirational. We are grateful to La Costa Canyon High School’s sociology students for sharing their compassionate hearts with us, and look forward to many more opportunities to collaborate in the future!

Click here to see thoughts from last year’s class on their time at St. Michael’s and Carlsbad by the Sea.

Written by Becky Gleason, Children’s Minister.