Faith Life


Community Outreach Projects at Oak Knoll

Outreach projects allow all members of the school community to join together in responding to a variety of needs. Through collections and fundraisers, students in the Elementary, Middle, and High Schools provide resources locally and globally  some on an ongoing basis and others on an as-needed basis in response to an immediate need.
"Generosity, generosity, generosity must be the beginning and ending of our life."
Cornelia Connelly

Elementary School Community Outreach Activities

Teachers help our boys and girls in the Elementary School participate in several outreach efforts during the year, including:
  • Sweater collections
  • Mattress money for “The Dwelling Place,” a homeless shelter for women
  • Thanksgiving food drives
  • Food collections for Homeless Solutions
  • Schools supplies collection for Bridges
  • Fund drive for the coin collection
  • Easter baskets and Christmas stockings for nursing home residents
  • Blankets for newborns at Overlook Medical Center
  • Kindness Campaign
  • Soldier Project - packages are sent overseas for service men and women

Middle and High School Community Outreach Activities

Our girls in the Middle and High School coordinate a number of outreach projects during the school year  some are traditionally supported by the school and others arise from students taking initiative to educate our community about a need. Bi-weekly bagel sales contribute to the Upper School People In Need (PIN) fund allowing students to respond to a variety of needs and requests throughout the school year.
Class fundraisers support other Holy Child ministries in the United States and Africa. Other outreach efforts have included:
  • Thanksgiving Food and turkey money collection
  • Advent Angel monetary donations to Several Sources Foundation and Catholic Charities
  • Christmas gifts for mothers and children in area shelters
  • Supplies for Holy Child Mission in the Dominican Republic

Service Day: Lower School

Students and teachers in the coed elemetnary school participate in Service Day. Instead of leaving campus to do community service like their peers in the middle school and high school, elementary school students participate in outreach projects while on campus, such as collecting toiltries for people in need, making care packages for military personnel, and packing bagged lunches to be distributed through Bridges Outreach. Read more to learn about how our middle school and high school participate in Service Day. 

HOPE Committee

The HOPE committee is comprised of faculty and student representatives. The Student Council President, the Campus Ministry Council President, and class presidents of each grade serve on the HOPE committee along with the upper school division head, deans, and the advisor to the Campus Ministry Council. The committee serves as a clearinghouse for requests for school-wide fundraising, collections, drives, and other requests for monies. Campus Ministry Council and the Student Council are responsible for designated fundraising which traditionally occurs each year, such as bagel sales and class fundraisers. In an attempt to balance the many requests received each day from students who want to give generously to those in need, this committee meets monthly to respond and schedule those fundraising and collection efforts most important to the Upper School community.
The Upper School responds to the Holy Child goal to work for Christian principles of justice, peace, and compassion toward people in need in every facet of life, not only by raising funds but by educating and raising awareness of those needs. Students who apply to the HOPE committee commit to education and awareness by presenting, in general homeroom, information regarding the need, the people, their culture, their country, and how we can go beyond money in making a difference to a particular community.
Any upper school student may submit an application to the HOPE committee. The committee reviews the request in the context of the school calendar for fundraising and then works with the applicant to schedule a presentation time and appropriate time/place for the fundraiser or collection.
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child is a Catholic independent school coeducational from kindergarten to grade 6 and all girls in grades 7 to 12. Oak Knoll was founded in 1924 and is one of 10 schools in the Holy Child Network of Schools that provides independent Catholic education across the United States.


44 Blackburn Road
Summit, NJ 07901
Phone: (908) 522-8100
Email  the Lower School (coed, K-6)
Email the Upper School (all-girls, 7-12)
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