Bro. Skip Continues to Inspire Chaminade Students to Serve

After Bro. Skip’s passing in December 2016, several students proposed putting together a Chaminade service project to keep his memory alive. The inaugural event took place on a Saturday in March, and more than 100 students and faculty from both campuses served three organizations, the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, MEND, and Heal the Bay.

The day started in Campus Ministry (West Hills), and the group joined in prayer before leaving on buses to their destinations. The Student Council sponsored bus sponsored headed to the Food Bank, the largest in the United States serving several millions of people each year. Students helped by sorting donated foods and checking expiration dates and quality of canned foods before sending them down a conveyor belt for packaging. By the day’s end, they sorted 29,737 pounds of food!

MEND Poverty volunteers cooked meals and worked in the organization’s mailroom. Their work doubled as a cooking lesson, and they had an opportunity to taste the food MEND clients would be served the next day. This bus was sponsored by Chaminade’s Caring Hearts and Homeless Hearts Clubs.

The Key Club and Environmental Eagles Clubs joined forces to sponsor the third bus, which took Chaminade students and faculty to participate in Heal the Bay activities. With more than 1,000 other volunteers, including Chaminade’s middle school students, the group worked to keep Southern California’s beaches clean.

Chaminade Service Day happened thanks to the efforts and commitment of Keegan Coppola ’17, Nick Sederlin ’17,  Monty Balleweg ’17, Cristian Puente-Ortiz ’17, Tina Najm ’17, Erin Fabian ’17, Tina Pan ’17, and Alec Simoni ’18. High School Principal, Bro. Tom Fahy; Director of Campus Ministry, Shawna Sedik; and Director of Student Activites, Julie La Belle helped the students to determine how the day would unfold. The students each took ownership of a specific project, promoted Service Day, led ice breakers on the bus, and served as group leads at each service site on the day of the event.

Each service group had an amazing experience and impacted their local communities through a few hours of service. Campus Ministry and Student Activities hope to continue to offer Chaminade Service Day, work more with the middle school, and double the number of students who will go out and keep Brother Skip’s legacy alive.

Funds raised during Chaminade Gala’s fund-a-need on April 8 will establish the Bro. Skip Matthews Apostolic Works Endowment. This endowment will help fund projects like Chaminade Service Day, which will ultimately enhance one of the most important parts of the educational experience at Chaminade – Apostolic Works.

 

Chaminade Gala Tickets On Sale

Tickets to Chaminade Gala, the school’s biggest fundraising event of the year, are available for purchase online. This year’s gala will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in the International Ballroom of The Beverly Hilton. Guests will experience a fun and memorable evening while supporting the students and teachers of Chaminade College Preparatory:

6:00 p.m. Cocktail reception and silent auction
7:30 p.m. Dinner, live auction, and student performances
10:30 p.m. Dancing until midnight

During the fund-a-need portion of gala, the Chaminade family will remember a beloved Marianist and honor his legacy with the establishment of the Bro. Skip Matthews Apostolic Works Endowment. The fund will support student social justice projects and enhance one of the most important parts of the educational experience at Chaminade, Apostolic Works. If you are unable to attend gala, you can still honor Bro. Skip by giving a gift online.

Campus Ministry Renovations Completed

When students and faculty returned to Chaminade College Preparatory in August, they found updated and renovated Campus Ministry spaces. Thanks to fundraising efforts during Chaminade Gala in April 2016, the school was blessed with much-needed updates to two of the most popular spots on its campuses.

Campus Ministry at the middle school has moved to a more central location and is now across the library. The office space has been transformed into an area where students spend their free time, and during lunch, they fill it wall-to-wall! Multiple sitting areas offer comfortable spots for lounging, homework, board games, and more.

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In addition, middle school student clubs and teachers use the new Campus Ministry office as a meeting space. From SHINE gatherings to prayer opportunities and movie club meetings, to a place for family spirit and community building, in a matter of weeks, the office has added significant value to the school community. Faith, fellowship, and fun continue to flourish in Chatsworth.

image1The high school Campus Ministry office was also transformed over the summer. While it remains in its same spot (near the Cohasset entrance), the space feels and looks different. Affectionately known as Chaminade’s West Hills “living room,” Campus Ministry was repainted, and new furniture and flooring were installed.

Like a true living room, students relax here after a hectic day, watch movies, play heated battles of Madden or FIFA on the Xbox360, or catch-up with one another. The LIFE Team has more planning space in which to better build small faith communities on campus, and as retreat season approaches, the whole of Campus Ministry looks forward to many reunions during which retreatants can relive their memories and experiences.

Renovations for the Campus Ministry rooms at both campuses were made possible by a campaign known as fund-a-need during Chaminade Gala. In a matter of minutes, 88 donors raised their bid paddles and contributed more than $76,000 to this transformational project.