Saint Stephen of Hungary School’s commitment to the service of others expresses our Catholic identity and embodies the message of love thy neighbor. This connection to the community is instilled into our children at a very young age.
Saint Stephen partners with Operation Gratitude, an organization committed to lifting the spirits of troops overseas by sending care packages. Students were asked to donate some of their Halloween candy for Operation Gratitude to distribute to troops overseas. In classrooms, Saint Stephen students had the opportunity to write letters to the troops thanking them for their service and bravery as well as sharing a little bit about themselves.
Ronald McDonald Fun Run
Every year close to 100 students participate in the Annual Kids Charity Fun Run in Central Park. The Fun Run benefits the Ronald McDonald House located on East 73rd Street and First Avenue. This great event helps reinforce the idea that you can make a difference by helping others.
Catholic Charities Volunteer Day
Saint Stephen families participate in the in the Family Volunteer Day sponsored by Catholic Charities each Fall. Students and their families make a variety of items including Christmas cards, decorations, and tote bags.
St. Nicholas Project
Saint Stephen families donate their time on a Saturday morning to help Christmas shop for families supported by Catholic Charities. Shopping is done with funds providing by Catholic Charities and allows over 4,000 families to receive much needed winter necessities. Families appreciate this opportunity to join together to help make Christmas special for those less fortunate.
Midnight Run is an amazing volunteer organization that works with various churches, synagogues, and schools to distribute food and clothing to the homeless in New York City. The entire student body participates in this project by either helping with the collection of clothing, goods, or food or by preparing bagged meals. Parents volunteer during the day of the run to sort and assist students in preparing meals. Parent volunteers and selected 7th and 8th Grade students assist in delivery of these items across the city at night.
For further information about this organization please go to their website: www.midnightrun.org.