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School Service Project Delivers Prayer Packages to Local Hospital

March 23, 2022
By SJCS

Students and teachers of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School recently delivered 586 prayer packages to nine units at South Georgia Medical Center as part of their “We Prayed for You” service project. The project began last Fall with students volunteering their time and talent to create artwork, write prayers for prayer cards and to pray for the community.

Students assembled the prayer packages which contain a prayer card, snack, hand lotion and mints. “With these prayer packages, we hope to provide comfort to those going through challenging times, both the medical staff at South Georgia Medical Center and to those with family and loved ones being treated there,” said SJCS Art Teacher Christine Cabral. “We plan to continue distributing these packages in the community, where they are needed most.”

The “We Prayed for You” service project began with the creation of prayer cards. Each grade selected a specific prayer focus: perseverance, recovery, loved ones, patience, peace, protection, healing, strength, and comfort.  They then created unique artwork to reflect each prayer, to be printed on the front of the prayer cards. Lastly, the students of each class then prayed their prayer together, making a recording of it.  Recipients of the prayer cards can access the recording by scanning the QR code printed on the card. Recordings of each prayer are also available on the school’s website, SJCSValdosta.org. 

The school welcomes donations to be used to create more prayer packages to distribute in the community. 

“So many in our community are facing trials and hardships and with the ‘We Prayed for You’ service project, we hope to provide those in need with support, compassion and prayer,” said Cabral.

Teacher Takes Home $10,000 from Annual Reverse Draw

March 14, 2022
By SJCS

Black Tie Fundraiser for Local School

St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently hosted the 24th Annual Reverse Draw and Gala. This year’s Hollywood themed event included dinner, music, dancing, door prizes, a Steel’s Jewelry raffle and a chance to win $10,000.

The night culminated in giving away $10,000 to a lucky ticket holder. SJCS Spanish and Religion Teacher Stephanie Valpuesta was the last one standing in the Reverse Draw that night and took home the grand prize. The event is SJCS’s largest fundraiser of the year and helps provide tuition assistance to students, fund community service projects, and supplemental classroom materials. This year’s Reverse Draw and Gala raised more than $50,000.

Event Sponsors Include: Georgia/Florida Excavation & Land Development, LLC in Loving Memory of Chris Williams, Sam Dennis Law, Dr. & Mrs. George Sidney Staton, Traditions Flooring, Ben & Kim Mackey, Valdosta Family Medicine, David & Donna Nolan, Synovus, Mike & Lisa Murphy, Katerhien Gonos, Hester & Morris Orthodontics, Steel’s Jewelry, Bill & Terri Filtz, Universal Roofing & Remodeling, Pellitteri Family, Gladwin Vaughn Architecture, Century 21 Realty Advisors, Tift-Moody Family, Gladwin Family, Hamilton Estate Planning, Habits of Health with the Hunters and Jonathan & Katie Parrot.

St. John Catholic School Honors Veterans at Special Program

November 15, 2021
By SJCS

The students, faculty and staff of St. John the Evangelist Catholic School recently honored veterans and active duty members of the military at a special reception. The special event included a patriotic procession, reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance, letters to veterans, the Armed Services March performed by the school band and refreshments. Cards and posters created by students in K2, K3 and K4 were also on display during the special event.

“Many of our SJCS parents and supporters have served or are serving in the military and we wanted to say ‘thank you’ to them in a special way,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “Our Veterans Day program, both in preparing and presenting, helps show our students the importance of service and showing appreciation to others.”

St. John Catholic School “We Prayed for You” Service Project Brings Comfort to the Community

November 02, 2021
By SJCS

“We Prayed for You” is a service project started by St. John the Evangelist Catholic School that involves the school, the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church parish,  and the community. "The mission of the project is to connect with our local community through faith and prayer.  Our students have volunteered their time and talent to create artwork and write prayers for prayer cards, and are continuing to pray for our community," said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri.

“This service project was born out of the recent trials and hardships so many have faced and are facing,” said SJCS Art Teacher Christine Cabral. “Our students have all been affected in some way by the pandemic and this project reminds our students that they possess a powerful tool: prayer.”

The “We Prayed for You” service project began with the creation of prayer cards. Each grade selected a specific prayer focus: perseverance, recovery, loved ones, patience, peace, protection, healing, strength, and comfort.  They then created unique artwork to reflect each prayer, to be printed on the front of the prayer cards. Lastly, the students of each class then prayed their prayer together, making a recording of it.  Recipients of the prayer cards can access the recording by scanning the QR code printed on the card. Recordings of each prayer are also available on the school’s website, SJCSValdosta.org. 

The prayer cards were recently blessed by Bishop Stephen Parkes at a special Mass. The next phase of the service project begins with the distribution of the prayer cards by SJCS students during Mass, in the parish and throughout the community. Donations are welcomed and will be used to create “prayer packages,” each containing a prayer card and treats, to be distributed into the community where they can help the most.

“Our community is tired and in need of support and our school can help provide that support. Through these interactive, original-artwork prayer cards, the recipients will be able to see and feel the compassion of the students at SJCS praying with them and for them,” said Cabral.

St. John Volleyball Team Donates to Local Organization

October 27, 2021
By SJCS

Check Presented in Memory of SJCS Parent

Valdosta, GA – St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) volleyball team recently raised donations for a local organization. During their home game, the volleyball team collected donations to benefit a local group of USA Rescue Team, an animal rescue organization. The team presented a check to the organization for $2,600 in memory of SJCS mom Stephanie Nelson. “The girls had such a great season and played every game with all their hearts,” said SJCS Athletic Director Lauren Evans. “They wanted to support one of their teammates with this great opportunity to honor the memory of her mother.”

“We are so proud of the initiative our volleyball team took to collect donations to support a location organization,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “SJCS students are always looking for opportunities to help the community and this is just another example of that.”

St. John Catholic School Receives iPad Donation

October 18, 2021
By SJCS
SJCS Receives iPads Through Governmental Program

School Increases Technology Through Governmental Program

Valdosta, GA – St. John the Evangelist Catholic School (SJCS) recently received more technology for in-class learning through the United States General Services Administration’s Computer for Learning Program (CFL). Moody Air Force Base members Chief Master Sergeant Mauro Ordinario and Technical Sergeant Timothy Turner helped the school complete the process to receive 32 iPads through the program which helps make modern computer technology an integral part of every classroom.

“We are thankful for this generous program which allows us to continue providing innovative learning and current technology to all of our students,” said SJCS Principal Vito Pellitteri. “In addition to our two computer labs and Chromebooks in the classrooms, these tablets will be another tool our teachers can use to help students achieve their academic goals.”

The Computers for Learning Program and its Executive Order of “Educational Technology: Ensuring Opportunity for All Children in the Next Century” provides computers and related peripheral equipment to schools and nonprofit organizations that they have in excess. For more information on this program and how to qualify, schools can visit https://www.computersforlearning.gov/.