For more than 25 years, students in S.I.G.N., an acronym for Service In God’s Name, have been performing generous acts of charity to help the environment and people in need. From “Animal Rights” to “Youth For Life”, from leaf raking for the elderly to cleaning the riverbank of the Passaic, from feeding the homeless in NYC to sending supplies to students in Iraq, Queen of Peace students have been volunteering service and raising money for projects all over the globe.
In 2001, the Student Council’s “Mile of Money” raised more than $14,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation and they topped that in 2004 with the “Car Full of Cash” by raising $15,000 for the fight against SIDS, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
In 2002, QPHS won the New Jersey State Service-Learning Leader School Award which identifies New Jersey schools that have been singled out for their excellence in service-learning programs for students. The award was presented by the New Jersey Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service.
In 2009, the Bergen County Executive and the Bergen County Division of Health Services presented the Queen of Peace Ecology Club with an award in recognition of the school’s commitment to public health through 10 years of dedicated service and partnership with the Clean Communities Program.
Here are only some of the projects at Queen of Peace High School in which students provided service, raised awareness of an issue or raised money for a cause they wanted to support:
- Animal Rights
- Autism Speaks
- North Jersey
- Blood Bank
- Camp Fatima
- Camp New Day
- Catholic Charities
- Christmas Caroling
- Clothing Drives
- Covenant House
- Danita’s Children
- Earth Day
- Eva’s Village
- Franciscan Inn
- Great American Smokeout
- HANDS of North Arlington
- Health Fair
- Habitat for Humanity
- Relief for Haiti
- Horatio Alger Association
- Houses to Homes
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
- Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
- New Day Community
- NHS Carnation Sale
- Peace Quest
- Pennies for Patients
- Red Ribbon Week
- Students Against Driving Drunk (SADD)
- Senior Citizens Christmas Luncheon
- Service In God’s Name (SIGN)
- Sophomore Honor Society Monthly Campaign for the Needy
- Students Together Opposing Prejudice (STOP)
- Special Olympics
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Wiffleball Marathon for the Cure
- WTC Victims
The DOVE Program
Seton Hall University has a wonderful service program called DOVE which stands for Division of Volunteer Efforts. DOVE seeks to raise awareness of social injustice through service to others. They seek to affirm the dignity of all people by visiting nursing homes, working with disabled children, volunteering at soup kitchens and through numerous other activities.
In order to raise the level of the service at Queen of Peace High School and with the help of Seton Hall, we will be establishing a DOVE program at Queen of Peace High School. To help us start to organize the DOVE program at QP, the Seton Hall DOVE program has shared with us their data base with all their program and agencies that they serve.
Students and their families will be allowed to participate in the program. The DOVE program will be two fold: Students would have the opportunity to go to a site to volunteer during the school day. On the way to the site, we would pray with the students and then on the way back from the site, we would have reflection and discussion. The other component would be modeled after SHU 500+, which would be a day of service at various sites in which students and their families would be able to participate. This will take place on a Saturday in the Spring. A very important part of the DOVE program would be the Order of Malta ministries such as St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen in Newark, Prison Ministry and the “From Houses to Homes” program in Guatemala.
Through the DOVE program, our aim will be to raise awareness of the QP community to social injustice through direct involvement in serving others. This service will stem from our desire to affirm the dignity of all people and to live as Christ taught us by putting our faith into action. DOVE will seek to aid QPHS in its commitment to graduate compassionate individuals rooted in and guided by faith and its expression in firm moral convictions. We are very optimistic that this will be a good program for our students and their families.