On Friday last week, the Middle School was the first division in the school to travel off campus Goal 3 Day. Goal 3 Day is an annual tradition that allows students to live out Sacred Heart Goal 3 in a way that has a direct impact in the surrounding community. The following is a reflection from the day shared by Head of Middle School Robert Missonis to parents in his weekly emails.
I am so excited that after a year and a half, we were able to take some students off-campus while others stayed on campus to take part in Goal 3 Day. Goal 3 states that schools of the Sacred Heart educate to a social awareness which impels action. For over two hundred years, students of the Sacred Heart have been exposed to the problems facing the world and instructed that they have the moral responsibility to be agents of positive change. I had the inspiring experience of traveling with eighth graders to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey in Hillside, where they bagged and boxed over 1,100 individual pasta meals that will be distributed to families. The girls were focused on the task and strategically designed their processes to maximize their efficiency. I was so proud of them.
The seventh grade engaged in environmental work on Baldpate Mountain with Hopewell Valley Friends of Open Space while the sixth grade did environmental work and cleaned up in the Stuart Woods and nature trails. The fifth grade had an opportunity to learn about the history of the Religious of the Sacred Heart, and then to research the history of and write letters to Sacred Heart nuns in their retirement community at our school in Atherton, California, who have been lonely as they are not able to welcome visitors due to the pandemic. Using our gifts and talents to make the world around us a better place is exactly what I believe St. Madeleine Sophie envisioned when she founded the Sacred Heart in the wake of the inequity, violence, and persecution of the French Revolution.