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McDonough Students Take Part in Sophomore Service Project

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For the second year in a row, Georgetown McDonough students participated in the Sophomore Service Project, an alternative spring break during which students complete a week of service. This year 11 Georgetown students spent their Spring Break in Philadelphia, Pa., tutoring and mentoring students at the Cristo Rey High School. Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School serves the greater Philadelphia area by providing a private-school education to students who come from low-income families. Students at the high school attend school four days per week and work at a private company on the fifth day. In turn, these companies pay a majority of the students’ tuition to the school.

While at the high school, Georgetown McDonough students reviewed basic math skills with the students, delivered presentations on how to succeed in high school and college, and led after-school activities. They also toured Philadelphia, participated in evening reflections as a group, and attended events including a presentation by Fr. Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries.

The students had an enriching experience. Stephen Cacace (B ’16) believes that “going to Cristo Rey High School over Spring Break gave me the opportunity to give back. I feel like I made a difference by connecting with the students and getting them excited about learning and their future. These are some really great kids with a lot of potential, and hopefully our trip is a positive influence for them as they continue working hard towards their goals.”