Global High School

Group of students gleaning lettuce in a field

Santa Catalina School is recognized as a Gold-Level Global High School with Catholic Relief Services. The CRS Global High School Program provides opportunities for Catholic secondary schools to join with CRS to educate about Catholic social teaching and advocate for solidarity with the global poor, including poverty-focused international assistance, climate change, and the pursuit of peace.

Informed by the Gospel, Catholic Relief Services works to ease suffering, provide development assistance, and foster charity and justice. The Catholic Bishops of the United States founded CRS in 1943 to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Since then, CRS has expanded in size to reach more than 130 million people in more than 100 countries on five continents. For over 75 years, its mission has been to assist impoverished and disadvantaged people overseas, working in the spirit of Catholic social teaching to promote the sacredness of human life and the dignity of the human person. Ninety-four percent of the funds raised by CRS are devoted to the programs that serve people based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity.

Santa Catalina regularly engages in Catholic Relief Services initiatives. We regularly participate in emergency response and recovery collections, in both the Upper and Lower and Middle schools. And through a school-wide effort, Santa Catalina’s Food Fast raises awareness about poverty and gives students a concrete way to see how their actions can make a difference in the world. This effort has raised over $100,000 in the past 20 years to help alleviate hunger and suffering around the world.

Peace and Justice Club

In addition, through Santa Catalina’s Peace and Justice Club, students learn about important social justice issues and are encouraged to put their concerns into action in a variety of ways. The Peace and Justice Club brings together several different social action groups and community service activities. They include the following:

  • The Catalina Children’s Fund. Student leaders collect funds and package donated items for a number of needy children from around the world.
  • The Annual “Food Fast” Fundraiser.  This activity raises awareness about poverty and gives students a concrete way to see how their actions can make a difference in the world.
  • The Local United Nations Association, the International Red Cross, and the Middlebury Institute of International Studies all provide our students with opportunities to learn of the value and purpose of community service and serve as examples for students to see how they can contribute to help make the world more just and humane. In addition, Santa Catalina hosts an annual preview of the United Nations Film Festival, with student representatives helping to choose the films.
  • Alegria. Students in both the Upper and Lower/Middle schools raise funds to assist underprivileged children to receive medical procedures to correct cleft lips and palates.
  • Salinas School Service. Students engage in service to underprivileged students at the Family Resource Center in Salinas.
  • Kiva Microloans/Fair Trade. Students oversee a Kiva account, helping families and communities from around the world start a business, go to school, access clean energy, and realize their potential. The Fair Trade sale each year helps to provide fair prices to producers for goods from developing countries.
  • Safe Space. Safe Space is a forum focused on questions of justice where students share concerns and offer support to one another while helping to further educate the school community on the needs of the LGBTQ community.
  • R4 Environmental Club. The R4 club is Santa Catalina’s established environmental club. The mission of R4 is to raise awareness about environmental issues both locally and globally.