Last week, fifteen students led by Campus Minister Fr. Paul Chu, SDB, Mr. Matt Cooper, Assistant Campus Youth Minister, Br. Sasika, Br. Indika, and Mr. Jon Tranate, participated in the B.E.S.T. Program (Brothers Eagerly Serving Together), performing community service projects and team building trips to teach the students the importance and benefits of serving the community.
Each day began with Mass and breakfast with the Salesian community. Volunteer activities included beautifying the DBP Campus (Tuesday), serving lunch at the Newark Soup Kitchen with the Missionaries of Charity (Wednesday), and helping at the Salesian day camp and parish in Orange, NJ (Thursday).
On Friday, the boys spent the morning at the Wanaque Center for Rehabilitation & Nursing in Haskell, NJ where they led recreational activities for the elderly and the young adult patients. On Saturday, they hosted a friendly basketball tournament with youth from Paterson through the liaison of Catholic Charities of Paterson and the Salesian Cooperators of DBP.
Some of the recreational activities included a trip to an Escape Room, mini-golf, an afternoon at the Palisades Mall, and bowling, all geared towards team building and bonding.
B.E.S.T. began again last night with a second set of thirteen students. We at Don Bosco Prep are proud of their efforts and are grateful for their service to their community!