Service to our community is an important part of life at St. Bernard’s. Younger boys participate in service learning projects. They make over 2,250 brown bags lunches to donate to our neighbor, the New York Common Pantry. They create greeting cards for children with cancer through The Scarlett Fund cancer program. They clean up Central Park. Boys in the Middle and Upper schools help serve meals to the homeless, spend time with children who have cerebral palsy at Daniel’s Music Foundation, and entertain disabled veterans at James J. Peters VA Medical Center. Boys also spend time on weekends helping seniors use technology at the Lott Residence. All boys help collect backpacks for students in need, pasta for the hungry, and books for Project Cicero.
Our service reaches far beyond our city limits with Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF and our soccer tournament, Goals for Good, which benefits soccer programs around the world. The Environment Club studies global issues and last year focused on animal conservation and sustainable architecture. These global programs ask our boys to step away from the world of New York City, no matter how briefly, and contemplate the bigger, global picture.