There are many wonderful things my daughter has learned during her kindergarten year at SJNDS including academics, a sense of community, lasting friendships, and the ability to let go of her mother's side. Even more important than all this, my daughter learned to love others in need, as Christ did. This is something that sets SJNDS apart from other schools. During the year, the children were able to get involved in many service projects. These projects planted seeds of kindness in our young children's hearts that will blossom and grow in the years to come. For one service project, the school was collecting new backpacks filled with needed supplies for the homeless at Friendship Park. In the hustle and bustle of life I had forgotten all about the project. My daughter had to remind me of the upcoming event. The day before the backpacks were due my husband took her to the store to gather supplies. She cheerfully brought her piggybank for this outing, which was unexpected. At the store she purposefully and thoughtfully picked out items to buy and with a giving heart purchased it herself. I know she values her precious coins, but she has learned from school that it is better to give then to receive. As her parent, I am proud and honored to bear witness to this behavior that I know has been grown in the examples and teaching she has received from SJNDS. I know that SJNDS offers excellent academics, but even more children learn to truly love thy neighbor!