Empowering our students to support fellow children in medical need.
St. Monica & Sparrow Club USA a 15 year partnership…
The idea of children dealing with a terminal illness or disease is difficult to talk about.
Adults often hesitate to bring up the subject of a terminal diagnosis with children for fear that such a discussion will frighten or even traumatize them. We often don’t realize children are actually quite aware of both death and serious illness, whether they have experienced it in their immediate family or not. Children know about it from fairy tales, television shows, movies, the death of a pet, and possibly from a friend’s personal experience. How children respond to the news of a loved one’s terminal diagnosis is often shaped by their social environment. At St. Monica School we model servant leadership, providing our students with the tools to navigate these difficult experiences, so that they grow in love and compassion.
Sparrow Club is proof that you’re never too young to make a difference. As the nation’s only youth-based charity of its kind, Sparrow Clubs not only provide financial and emotional support for ill children and their families, but also empowers “kids to help kids” through charitable service to their communities. Together our St. Monica School Children, along with the Sparrow family, faculty and greater Mercer Island community embrace this communication.
St. Monica School is proud to have the longest, continuous partnership with the Sparrow Club organization, of any organization. Our students have embraced each of our twelve sparrows and we are continually amazed at their capacity to love.
This year our St. Monica School Sparrow is Mason and we are thrilled to welcome him into our St. Monica community and support him on his journey. Watch a short summary of his story here.
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