"Truly I tell you, just as you did it for one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it for me." - Matthew 25:40
Service is a part of who we are as a Catholic school community here at Cotter. We are each called to serve the marginalized, the forgotten, the refugee, the lost. Therefore, service is an expectation of all of our students, faculty and staff at Cotter.
During the 2020-2021 school year, service hours will not be officially recorded. All students will automatically be given completed service hours for the year for wearing their mask, social distancing and following the CDC guidelines. By making sacrifices and following the given guidelines, you are showing care for everyone and serving others. Students are still strongly encouraged to help out neighbors, family and those in need in a safe manner. Students will reflect on their individual service experiences in their Religion classes throughout the year. Please contact Mrs. Corcoran with any questions or concerns.
Each junior high school student is required to complete 10 hours of community service each year, with a minimum of 5 hours per semester. Additionally, each student must complete at least 2 different service experiences within those 10 hours.
Each high school student is required to complete 20 hours of community service each year, with a minimum of 10 hours per semester. Additionally, each student must complete at least 4 different service experiences within those 20 hours.
Here is a list of community service ideas that can be completed while the school is in e-learning during the COVID-19 closure.
Please reference the PowerPoint presentations below for more information regarding the community service requirement. Contact Marisa Corcoran with any community service related questions.
Our service and mission trip program that was founded in 1995 by former Cotter Schools President, Jim Devine. The purpose of our service trip experiences is to allow high school students to experience new cultures while providing service with a Christian focus. Types of service provided by our students include volunteering at a food pantry or childcare center, soup kitchen assistance, outdoor cleanup, and general home repair. Each year, several service trip options are available for our students. In recent years, these options have included:
Weekend Urban Plunge: Friday morning to Sunday afternoon and takes place during the school year. We travel to Minneapolis, St. Paul or Milwaukee, WI. A student can expect to volunteer at local non-profits, learn more about the injustices and poverty within Minnesota and the world, and have fun with their classmates. Volunteer sites vary each time, but typically, we package food at Feed My Starving Children or Second Harvest Heartland, serve a meal at a homeless shelter or soup kitchen, and help at area non-profits, based on the need at the time of our trip. An urban plunge costs $125 per person. Included in the cost is lodging, transportation, food, and a Cotter service trip t-shirt.
Summer Mission Trips: Week service long trips from Sunday to Saturday. These trips take place during the summer, in mid-late July or early August. Students travel to a Midwest state (usually within a day’s drive of Winona). They typically share the week with 1-2 other schools from around the nation, so students make friends from other schools and states! Students volunteer each day from 9am-3pm at local non-profits. The service experiences will depend on the need. We have served in Chicago, New Orleans, Benton Harbor, MI, and Kansas City, MO. A summer service trip costs $400-500 per person. Included in the cost is lodging, transportation, food, and a Cotter service trip t-shirt.