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Scoops and Hoops Scores a Win for Lazarus House

Scoops and Hoops Scores a Win for Lazarus House

On Wednesday, February 28, the CCHS Family came together for the Scoops and Hoops Tournament to benefit Lazarus House Ministries.

This new initiative was conceived and organized by students enrolled in the Poverty, Policy, and Justice class offered by the Religious Studies Department.

Photo above: one of the event organizers, Nadaly Soto '24, with two representatives of Lazarus House Ministries: Miguel Cruz '90, Director of Operations, and Marcy Furse, Manager of Volunteer Engagement.

The event raised over $1,100 for Lazarus House Ministries, and the CCHS faculty team emerged victorious!

Faculty celebrating
Faculty team members


Logo designed by Luke Surette '24

About Scoops and Hoops

Logo designed by Luke Surette '24

Seniors in one section of the Religious Studies course, Poverty, Policy and Justice, developed a charitable event idea: Scoops and Hoops.

Scoops and Hoops is a single-elimination basketball tournament to raise funds for Lazarus House Ministries. There will be a student team from each year level, and one staff team. Games will be short, culminating in a final match up of students versus staff. Buy in is $10 per player, and of course, there will be ice cream (Hoodsies) and additional items for sale for the spectators.

Seniors at Scoops and Hoops

Prizes for the winning team:

  • Free Hoodsies ice cream for the winning team
  • Lunch in the President’s Office with Mr. Sullivan


Photo Album: Scoops and Hoops Tournament Fundraiser

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 - Memorial Gymnasium

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This event would not have happened without Mrs. Diana Chase, Religious Studies teacher, and her amazing student leaders in the Poverty, Policy & Justice Class (see list below). Well done!!!

Teacher with Lazarus House representatives


About Poverty, Policy, and Justice

Course 148: Religious Studies Department

This one semester elective course for seniors will consider the injustice of poverty, examine possible underlying causs, and reflect on the effects of poverty on individuals and on communities.  Through the use of selected textbook readings, articles, Church documents, film, documentaries, and guest speaker witnesses, students will be challenged to confront their own conscience and beliefs related to poverty. Students will learn about and reflect on Catholic social teaching, and consider how we are called to put into action the call to “love one another” as Marists and citizens in an increasingly global world. A field education component is included in this course.

Students in the class that planned and organized Scoops and Hoops:

  • Scottie Anderson
  • Olivia Boucher
  • Flynn Bowler
  • Jillian DeLuca
  • Joshua Florence
  • Ela Goktug
  • Aidan Herries
  • Stella Kassis
  • Jaiden LeDuc
  • Ella McAnespie
  • Mary Olsen
  • Salinas Perez
  • Naa Quarshie
  • Noelle Quinn
  • Dale Rogers
  • Kaylin Rosado
  • Grace Ryan
  • Penelope Salas
  • Sophia Serafino
  • Alana Shanahan
  • Courtney Smith
  • Nadaly Soto
  • Luke Surette
  • Ryan Tighe
  • Julia Turrisi
People loading truck in front of gymnasium

About Lazarus House Ministries

Since opening its doors as an emergency homeless shelter in 1983, Lazarus House has been breaking the cycle of poverty in the Merrimack Valley region.

Their food and clothing programs assist families by stretching their dollars so they can afford rent, heat, and utilities. Housing provides a safe haven for homeless families and individuals.

Lazarus House Ministries was co-founded by a Marist Brother and member of the CCHS Faculty & Administration: Bro. Thomas Petite, FMS.


Student holding a bag of gifts

Service at CCHS

We are Marist & Catholic.

We believe in something bigger than ourselves.

Here, students of all faiths and religious identities share a commitment to serve those most in need.

Students experience an inclusive journey of personal growth while making a positive impact on the world.

We believe in our own potential and in the goodness of others.

Guided by the vision of Saint Marcellin Champagnat, we are inspired to make the world a better place by serving and leading.

In addition to the Marist Day of Service, Campus Ministry offers additional opportunities for service and leadership.


Students completing service

The Marist Service Experience

All students participate in our Marist Service Experience, known as One Day, in which they give at least one day (24 hours) of service to those who need it most.

Over 80% of CCHS students give well beyond their one day of service and continue to assist those in need. The program grows from the mission of Central Catholic High School: to make Jesus known and loved, to educate the whole person, and to serve others, especially the least favored.

Service projects and opportunities are designed to help students discover how they can make a difference in our world by leading and through building relationships with the least favored.

Students often volunteer their time to assist the poor, the homeless, the sick, the elderly, those in nursing homes or assisted living, as well as people who are mentally or physically challenged or have special needs.


Students cleaning up leaves

Marist Days of Service

Campus Ministry offers a Marist Day of Service several times each year during the school day, open to a limited number of freshmen and sophomores.

Students will miss their Friday classes and are responsible for all missed material.

Service is a key component of our Campus Ministry program.

Participants will perform service at local organizations and discuss the importance of service and why volunteering is being Marist.

Students take time for prayer, for small group discussions, and for reflection on our service.

Students and staff in the chapel


Photo Album: Marist Day of Service

Friday, December 1, 2023 - Lazarus House Ministries

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Participants served at Lazarus House Ministries in the soup kitchen, thrift store, and offices at 412 Hampshire Street, as well as the Emergency shelter on Holly Street and food pantry at 242 Hampshire Street. All locations were within walking distance.


Student picking up a rock as part of service

LaValla Service Weekend

Juniors are invited to join students from other Marist schools at the Marist Brothers Retreat Center in Esopus, NY for LaValla Service Weekends.

The theme this year looks at economic equality. This opportunity also includes doing some manual work around the grounds of the Retreat Center.

This annual program is inspired by the foundational community of the Marist Brothers in LaValla, France, and invites us to live the family spirit and solidarity of the Brothers and Fr. Champagnat at LaValla.

Open to a select number of students and an adult advisor from each of the school’s in the Marist network, it is a weekend of prayer, community, and service at the Marist Brothers Center in Esopus. This weekend involves working with students and adults from other Marist schools around the property updating or installing new features, as well as prayer and fun activities.

The weekend is sponsored as a joint program of the Province of the USA Offices of Marist Youth Ministry and Vocations as well as the Marist Brothers Center at Esopus.

Photo Album: Lavalla Service Weekend

Friday, October 6 - Monday, October 9, Marist Brothers Center at Esopus (NY)

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