Step-by-Step (SBS) offers children in the Parish Religious Ed Program and St. Margaret Mary School in grades K-8 the opportunity to learn about stewardship as a way of life. Each grade has its own theme and the children are made aware of needs in the community and given opportunities to serve those needs. Parents work with the teachers throughout the year to focus on the theme through presentations, speakers, and hands-on experiences. The program is based on our gratitude to God for our blessings and our need and responsibility to give back to God through loving service to others.
Kindergarten—Introduction to Stewardship (past activity included visiting Ronald McDonald House)
First Grade—Feed the Hungry (past activity included visiting Dare to Care, sorting food donations for parish Thanksgiving collection and delivering food for Kentucky Harvest.)
Second Grade—Care for God’s Creation (past activity included Marker Collection, Parish Grounds Committee, Big Leaf Cleanup.)
Third Grade—Care for People with Disabilities (past activity included visiting St. Mary’s Center and Special Olympics.)
Fourth Grade—Visit Sick and Elderly (past activity included visiting Everland Senior Living and helping with senior Valentines Day party.)
Fifth Grade—Caring for Babies, Children and Moms (past activity included visiting St. Vincent DePaul’s Family Success Center and Blessings in a Backpack.)
Sixth Grade—Shelter the Homeless (past activity included working with My Dog Eats First and the Burrito Riders of Louisville.)
Seventh Grade—Shelter the Homeless and Welcome the Stranger (past activity included visiting Refugee services with Catholic Charities and serving lunch at the Franciscan Kitchen.)
Eighth Grade—Students work toward Confirmation hours through service of their choosing as opportunities arise throughout the school year.
Experiences outside of the classroom include trips to various sites in the community, including social service agencies, nursing homes, homeless shelters, refugee centers, etc.
Information about Step-by-Step comes home through School emails. Parents and other interested adults are needed to help our School and PREP Chairperson. Chaperones are also needed. If interested, please contact the SBS Co-Chairpersons, Katie Burch or Amy Craft or our Childrens’ Formation Coordinator, Tara Mattingly.