Living Legacy Program
The Living Legacy Program at Chandler Nursing Home in Monte Vista was established in 1988 after realizing the importance of intergenerational relationships. The program teams sixth, seventh and eighth grade students with a senior buddy so that the two can get to know each other through a series of one-on-one interviews. After several visits with their resident, the students write poems, which they recite aloud during a presentation party. Today, the program continues to touch the lives of Academy boys and their senior friends.
Annual Community Outreach:
boys collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children to be distributed through the Sonny Melendrez Foundation.
Kindergarten students collect school supplies (crayons, markers, tissue paper, water colors, etc.) for The Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas.
First graders collect pet supplies (quilts, soft training treats, tennis balls, rubbing alcohol) for the San Antonio Humane Society.
Second grade students collect new children’s books for the San Antonio Assistance League “Togs for Tots” kits. Then they take a field trip to the Assistance League’s Thrift Shop in the spring to help assemble personal hygiene kits that will accompany the new books for those children in need.
Third graders collect new or gently-used books to donate to San Antonio's Children Shelter. The Children's Shelter puts children first by providing a safe place for children in crisis.
Fourth graders collect food items to help children at Stafford Elementary, SAISD, who without this assistance, might go without breakfast and lunch during the two-week holiday break. The food is slipped into the backpacks of these children in need.
Fifth graders collect unwrapped and new toys for boys and girls at CAM (Christian Assistance Ministry), which serves 56,000 people annually, and 14,000 of which are children. Other donations include baby items, sports items, lotions, bath items, jewelry, socks, etc.
Sixth graders collect new socks and underwear and new or gently-used coats to benefit the homeless served by the SA Catholic Worker House. The boys also visit the Worker House and help serve meals to the homeless.
Seventh graders collect money to donate to World Vision, an international organization that "builds a better world for children" and helps families struggling to survive.
Eighth graders collect money to help the underprivileged children living in Los Quinchos in Nicaragua. The money provides food, clothing, and education to over 150 children who live with their families in this devastatingly poor area.
Schoolwide: The Academy participates in an End-of-the-Year School Supplies Drive to assist the students and teachers at the PreK – 12th grade school at the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter. And also...
Annual Food Drive:
In early December, SAA boys bring canned goods and non-perishable food items to donate to the San Antonio Food Bank. Since 2003, The Academy has collected 26,722 pounds of food. Review the top 12 most-wanted food items
Pennies for Patients: SAA participates annually in the program benefitting The Lukemia & Lymphoma society during February. In 2016, the school collected $3,056.53, which brings our total contributions to $21,230.80.