A day of faith building, mentoring for the Shanley Deacon Service Club

by Paul Braun | New Earth


Mentoring is an important part of the Shanley students’ visit to Belcourt. A Shanley Deacon Service Club member helps a young St. Ann’s student with her reading. (Paul Braun | New Earth)

They arrived after a long, four-hour bus trip ready to get to work. Several juniors and seniors from Shanley High School in Fargo spent two days at St. Ann’s Mission School in Belcourt. The students are part of the Shanley Deacons Service Club, and they were in Belcourt March 30-31 to work with elementary school students at St. Ann’s.

“We hope the kids at St. Ann’s see our students as leaders and mentors,” says Jackie Snyder, a Shanley science teacher and interim advisor to the social club. “We want them to see that what our club members are doing is an example of faith and maybe something these youngsters can strive for some day.”

The Shanley Deacons Service Club reaches out to the Fargo-Moorhead community doing a variety of service projects, but at times, they travel outside of the metro area. According to Snyder, this is the second consecutive year they’ve made the trip to Belcourt to work with the Catholic school students at St. Ann’s, and they are hoping to make it an annual event.

“It’s beneficial not only to these youngsters at the mission school, but also for our service club members,” says Snyder. “I’m hoping our Shanley students come back from this trip with an even more heightened outlook as to what service and faith really is.”

After spending an afternoon with the St. Ann’s students working on different class activities, the Shanley students stayed the night in the St. John’s Bunk House at the mission, then spent the next day working on an art project, writers workshop, and some clean-up projects before heading back to Fargo.