St. Francis de Sales Central Catholic School was selected as one of only a few schools in the nation to be awarded the 2011 Catholic Schools for Tomorrow Award.
For the students and staff of SFdSCCS, the school motto—”We are here to serve, not to be served”—takes on amazing and far-reaching meaning. This pledge includes prayer, education, living, searching, giving, and advocating for a more just and peaceful world.
In the words of art teacher Nora Sheets, “Incorporation of Catholic Social Justice Teachings into our curriculum provides opportunities to advocate, empower, enrich, and raise the consciousness of students, school, and community.”
In keeping with the motto, students have participated and continue to participate in a variety of activities such as Mission Fridays, hunger banquets, Students Against Landmines, working with West Virginia University to tutor children with disabilities, school musicals based on peace, a social justice fair, and numerous others.