Step-by-Step Student Stewardship

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—Hungry and Needy (past activity included visiting Kentucky Harvest)

Second Grade—Environment (past activity included Marker Collection/Grounds Clean-up)

Third Grade—Individuals with Disabilities (past activity included visiting St. Mary’s Center)

Fourth Grade—Elderly (past activity included visiting Masonic Lodge)

Fifth Grade—Babies, Children and Moms (past activity included visiting Kid’s Café and Blessings in a Backpack)

Sixth Grade—Literacy and Homeless (past activity included working with My Dog Eats First and the Burrito Riders of Louisville)

Seventh Grade—Refugees and Veterans (past activity included visiting Refugee services with Catholic Charities)

Eighth Grade—Students work toward Confirmation hours through service of their choosing When: 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 or P.R.E.P. If your child’s class is currently not involved in Step-by-Step, please contact the SBS chairperson to ask how you can get involved! Parents and other interested adults are needed to help our School and PREP Chairperson. Chaperones are also needed. If interested, please contact the SBS chairperson, Jennifer Peterson or our Childrens’ Formation Coordinator, Tara Mattingly.


Tara Mattingly

Children's Formation Coordinator

Jennifer Peterson

SBS chairperson