Alumni Association launches “Adopt-a-School” program

Thursday, October 18, 2012 10:10:00 PM

Stritch’s Alumni Board kicked off an exciting new service initiative Sept. 18 called the “Adopt-a-School” program, which partners alumni with students and teachers from a school with demonstrated need. Schools chosen must meet certain selection requirements, including demonstrated financial need for volunteer and program support. The chosen school for the 2012-13 academic year is St. Joseph Academy, a K4 – 2nd grade school on Milwaukee’s south side that is sponsored by the Felician Sisters.

St. Joseph Academy is an authorized Milwaukee Parent Choice Program school that serves about 200 students from K4 - 2nd grade. In addition to the elementary school, St. Joseph offers a nationally accredited early education facility for children aged six weeks to four years. School administrator and Stritch Alumni Board member Todd Beadle ’04 helped to make this connection a reality.  

“We are so pleased to be partnering with Cardinal Stritch University on this service project,” said Beadle. “Having Stritch alumni involved at St. Joseph Academy will make a big difference in the lives of these students and their families. This partnership also exemplifies Stritch’s strong values of service and dedication to the Milwaukee community.”

This service project marks an important step toward achieving the board’s strategic plan goal of developing an alumni-led volunteer program that incorporates service to Stritch and service to the community. Most importantly, the project will allow Stritch alumni to help address the needs of a school and build relationships with students, teachers, and parents alike.

Stritch Alumni Board members took part in the first volunteer opportunity on Sept. 18 for the school’s Curriculum Night. At this event, parents got to meet their child’s teacher and learn about the curriculum for the year in addition to socializing with other families. Stritch alumni helped out by leading art projects with families, assisting with a raffle of family-friendly board games, and distributing backpacks with books, school supplies, and games to play at home.

Curriculum Night offered a glimpse into the quality of the school, the passion of the teachers and staff, the eagerness of the parents to be involved in their child’s education, and the enormous opportunity for Stritch alumni to make a difference in the lives of these students. The Alumni Board has coordinated three additional volunteer events at St. Joseph’s this school year and welcomes volunteer assistance. If you are interested in helping with any of the scheduled events below or volunteering your time at the school, contact The school especially needs help with cataloging and coding its library.

2012-13 Adopt-a-School volunteer opportunities:

  • Santa’s Workshop & Supply Drive: Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m.  
    The “Santa's Workshop” supply drive will take place from Nov. 1 – Dec. 14. We will be collecting items to help students and families meet basic needs during the winter months, including winter wear (hats, mittens, coats, boots, etc.), school supplies (notebooks, folders, pens, pencils, glue, etc.), Kleenex and hand sanitizer. Volunteers will be delivering and distributing these items to St. Joseph’s on Dec. 18 and helping with their Santa’s Workshop activities.
  • Movie Night: Thursday, Feb. 15, 2013, 6-8 p.m.
    Volunteers will be distributing popcorn, candy and soda to families (more details to come)
  • Family Picnic: Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 3-7 p.m.
    Volunteers will be staffing carnival games and concessions (more details to come)

Photo: Alumni Board member Meaghan Morrissey ’06 and a St. Joseph’s student during Curriculum Night