Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 24 2019

Service to others starts with empathy

What does it mean to serve? The first sentence of the vision of Sacred Heart School is: to serve the community. The school has been serving the church and the city of Hudson for the 90 years that it has been in operation. But what does that really mean? If we serve the community, we must be able to look at who we are and who we are meant to bring comfort. Making people feel comfortable is such a beautiful way to share. In morning prayer, we have been engaging the students with ways they can serve. When we think about service, it is easy to think of the big projects like The Angel Tree or the Community Clean-up at Memorial Park. But we can serve in small ways too. The small ways we serve are hard to measure but they are the ones that develop our soul and bring comfort to our surroundings. How can we raise children to have an open heart to service? It seems like a pretty selfish world sometimes. Can we teach our children empathy? Can we teach our children to ask someone how long it took to make dinner? Or how much time they spent washing the car? They can be curious about what is involved in putting on a play at the theatre or how much thought it takes to make a delicious dessert. Empathy can start at a very young age when children are asked to think about the world around them and how it all works. The desire to relate to people and to want to spread joy begins with the understanding that God made each person beautifully special. With a mindset that it is people and hard work that make everything happen, children can gain empathy and a desire to serve. It is important to point out that people make the toys they play with and people serve us food in a restaurant. Moms and dads work tirelessly to keep the house tidy, and pay the bills. Teachers spend hours patiently teaching us. Police officers protect us, mail carriers deliver packages, priests comfort us at Mass; the opportunities to teach children about the ways people serve are endless.

This week, I asked the students to think about little ways they help. They were excited to share the things they do that help their families. It is clear that they are well on their way to spreading joy through service. I reminded them that the things they do bring comfort to their families. These acts spread joy and it is contagious. Keep up the good work!


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.


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