September GDK Day Recap

On Wednesday, September 29, we gathered in our Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge (GDK) groups for our first meetings of the year. After the fun of the field day to start the year, this was a day to get back to the basics of the program.

At the core of the GDK program is the goal of giving students a space to discuss challenging topics, and how the lens of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge can help provide a roadmap to take them on as men of Catholic Central. This first meeting focused on hate speech, and the power words can have on other individuals (both in positive and negative ways).

A simple activity that each group took part in was a toothpaste race. Two students raced to empty their tubes of toothpaste more quickly than the other students. When it appeared one of the students had won, the race turned into a competition to get the toothpaste back in the tube. While it might seem silly, the lesson that once the toothpaste is out of the tube it can’t go back in easily applies to the fact that one someone says, tweets, or texts something, it can’t be taken back.

This year, the GDK program will also entail a community service element, as each of the almost 40 groups will be coming up with two service projects to complete - the first on November 24, and then second in early March. While all of our students perform service on their own time outside of school, this will be the first time our school has allowed for a day of service for all students in lieu of classroom instruction time.

The groups were provided some recommendations for the November service date, but were also allowed to come up with their own ideas. Some of the more exciting ones we already heard about are a partnership with a middle school in Southwest Detroit for a visit day in Clark Park, and a trip to Ann Arbor to work with a non-profit organization founded by a current sophomore.

The lessons of Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge are integral to the Catholic Central experience. We are excited to see how these service projects turn out (the groups will finalize plans in October) and to see our students stepping out of their comfort zones in the community.
Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For more than ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact on their communities at a local, national, and global level.