Service day builds on GDK Program as Shamrocks give back in the Metro Detroit area

On Wednesday, Nov. 24th, the Shamrocks of Catholic Central High School spent the morning in a day of service throughout Metro Detroit. The “GDK Service Day” builds on the Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge Program, established in 2019 to help reinforce the ideals among the student body and provide the students an opportunity to purposefully engage in small groups of about 25-30 individuals.

Each individual GDK group, composed of about 6 or 7 students from each of the freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes and two or three faculty members, was able to identify a way they wanted to give back to the community at their first meeting of this year back in September

The school coordinated eleven buses that took more than 600 Shamrocks into neighboring communities, and an additional 300+ Shamrocks stayed on or near campus to complete projects or deliver to those in need. 

Some of the organizations that were helped this morning include:

  • Adopt a Family
  • Alpha House (Ann Arbor)
  • Alternative For Girls (Detroit)
  • American Legion (Post 141 in Howell)
  • Big Family of Michigan (St. Clair Shores)
  • Caleb White Foundation
  • Cass Corridor Social Services (Detroit)
  • Center for the Works of Mercy (Detroit)
  • Clark Park (Detroit)
  • Community Homes, Inc. (Warren)
  • Community Opportunity Center (Livonia)
  • Fleece and Thank You
  • Keep Growing Detroit - Love, Earth, Herbal Garden (Detroit)
  • Livonia Opportunity House (Livonia)
  • Michigan Foster Care Closet (Plymouth)
  • Michigan Humane Society
  • Most Holy Trinity Parish (Detroit)
  • Mott's Children Hospital (Ann Arbor)
  • Open Door Outreach Center (Waterford Township)
  • Operation Gratitude - Letters and care packages for servicemen and servicewomen
  • Our Lady of Good Counsel (Plymouth)
  • Saint Paul of the Cross (Detroit)
  • Sanctum House (Royal Oak)
  • Suncrest Senior Living (Milford)

There were also several groups of students who took part in general community cleanups in Howell, Kensington Park, Livonia, and Novi.

The result of the day will be approximately 3,000 service hours to the greater Detroit area.

This new tradition was a fantastic way to kick off the giving feel of the holiday season and we are already looking forward to our next day of service in March.
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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.