The month of November at Queen of Angels Catholic School is a time of gratitude and giving, a time for each of us to be grateful for our many blessings and to serve others. Queen of Angels, founded in 1999, is a K-8 Archdiocesan Regional Catholic School in Roswell. One of the pillars of Queen of Angels is to empower students both inside and outside of the classroom by providing opportunities for meaningful service.
“Christian service is an integral element of our Catholic life and educational programs. By exposing students to the needs of others, they are able to find and cultivate their own talents and leadership in areas that are beneficial to others. As a Catholic school, it is important that we exemplify Christ’s love to others,” says Queen of Angels Catholic School Principal, Dr. Jamie Arthur.
Every student from kindergarten to 8th grade annually participates in a service project. “Each project is specifically designed to foster a connection between individuals involved and in creating lifelong memories," says Denise Mellow-Boyd, QA parent and volunteer for over 14 years. A child is never too young to have a servant's heart and with that heart to give freely.”
This year’s beneficiaries of Queen of Angel’s outreach include the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, AFLAC Cancer Center, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Cancer Home, Georgian Lakeside Assisted Living in Roswell, St. Vincent de Paul, LaBelle Elementary School in Cobb County, Fulton County Special Needs Athletes, Calvary Children’s Home in Powder Springs, Atlanta Community Food Bank, and Children’s Development Academy in Roswell.
Students are empowered and inspired through these opportunities. “Being with the people at Georgian Lakeside Terrace made me feel good inside because we were doing God’s work,” 2nd grader Rosie shared after reflecting on her recent service project. After the Hoops for Hearts program that assists special needs athletes from other Fulton County schools, 5th grader Hannah wrote, “This opportunity taught me that while people are different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside. I was challenged to open my heart and use my talents and abilities to help others.”
“Our work impacts others in need by helping them have the next meal. Preparing meals for the needy makes sure they don’t have to make a choice between food and other things that are necessary to live. Things like if they should pay the rent, pay the water bill, go to the doctor, etc. They can now raise a family under better conditions. This is the impact that Atlanta Community Food Bank is trying to make in our community,” says Jake, 7th-grade student.
“The students establish a view of a bigger world where they learn to be giving and selfless," says Mrs. Kendra Bowen, QA mother and volunteer. “While an academic education is important, the worldliness and caring mentality that is gained through service to others is unparalleled.”
Queen of Angels Catholic School is dedicated to instilling the values of faith, service, compassion, and ultimately love, not only in the hearts of the students but also in the broader community.
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Melanie Colley remarks, "One of the things I love about Queen of Angels is the many ways they teach our children how to be the hands and feet of Christ. When children are given opportunities to serve others you’ll see that they thrive and really enjoy it.”