PENITAS - Juan Diego Academy Catholic Regional High School (JDA) in Mission partnered with Proyecto Desarrollo Humano in Peñitas to renovate the home of a low-income family on Friday, April 21, 2017 as part of their annual Sophomore Service Day.

The home renovated belongs to the Perez family on Jayden Drive in Penitas, Texas. The students helped beautify their home by painting the exterior of the home while others helped build new steps into the home.

“We were extremely honored to be able to serve the community and grateful to the Missionary Sisters of Mary Immaculate for helping to support our work with Proyecto Desarrollo Humano,” said President & Principal Bob Schmidt. Since the school opened in 2011, JDA has included in the four-year retreat/campus ministry plan the service retreat for sophomores. “It is a good point in their maturity as students and young Catholics to come together to do something organized such as to serve others through projects like this.”

Kayla Gonzalez, Sophomore Class President. The class also presented the family with a basket of toiletry items and a basket of food. The family, students and staff members ended the day with Mass at St. Anne’s Church in Penitas.

“Helping, caring and understanding others can be a rewarding experience for all involved,” she said. “Beautifying the exterior of the house and painting the home, brings them hope. Real joy is found not in being served but in choosing to serve others.”

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” This Christian premise is the driving force behind JDA’s Sophomore Class Service Project. Students lent their efforts to the Perez family home in this painting project said Viviana Saenz, Sophomore Class Sponsor. It is hard work but always worth it, said Saenz. The project was made possible by several donors who provided materials, time and their talents to help the students bring the project to fruition.

JDA’s mission as a Catholic regional high school, is to offer a quality, comprehensive academic curriculum, utilize the latest in technology and innovation, and educate the whole person: mind, body, and spirit, instill a sense of Christian responsibility and service to others and train leaders to meet the current and future challenges of society.