DeSales students learn from the earliest age that one is never too young to help make the world a better place. The importance of giving back is taught from preschool through eighth grade, in the form of support for school, church, community, nation and world. Some service work is completed by DeSales middle school students both as members of organizations like the St. Francis Society or the National Junior Honor Society, and as a requirement of their middle school religion curriculum.
Other annual community service projects like Operation Scrooge and the Peanut Butter & Jelly drive, include participation from all DeSales students and their families. Many school-wide efforts benefit a variety of vital community organizations like Catholic Charities, CareNet, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Muscular Distrophy Society, local food pantries, veterans groups and overseas mission efforts. Present in all of these outreach efforts is the theme that even the smallest act of kindness or generosity, performed by the youngest child, can provide great comfort and help to someone in need. The result is that a DeSales eighth grade graduate recognizes their responsibility to give back to society through community service.