Ceili Leahy Day of Service

The Ceili Leahy Day of Service for JM students continues this fall virtually. James Monroe High School student Katie Fidler on the importance of service.

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The Ceili Leahy Service Initiative!  
Volunteer and inspire others to do the same!

Ways to get involved and serve safely:

  • Donate to a food pantry
  • Help your neighbor
  • Contact local organizations that typically need volunteers to see how you can help them directly
  • Write a letter (or letters) for change; choose a worth cause
  • Form a JM DoS team and participate in a virtual walk or run for awareness
  • Do a trash sweep of your block
  • Make/Collect/Donate masks for those who need them
  • Find a blood drive and donate
  • Prepare for the Election
  • Provide childcare for a struggling adult
  • Fight racism
  • Spread cheer


Click here for a detailed list of ideas on how to get involved and serve safely in your community. 


Town Talk Interview

John & Leslie Leahy and James Monroe High School Principal, Dr. Tim Duffy, preview the Ceili Leahy Day of Service with Town Talk host, Ted Schubel on Sept. 15th.  The Fall Day of Service Project is happening and going virtual!  The discussion is about the importance of service and ways to get involved and serve safely."

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The 2020 Fall Ceili Leahy Day of Service is happening and going virtual!

The 2020 Fall Ceili Leahy Day of Service Project is happening virtually right now! While the original Day of Service was scheduled for October 17, we are continuing our fall project until Thanksgiving this year for all volunteers who are willing and able to keep up the great work.

Our virtual volunteers are making cards and writing letters, and sending artwork and messages of cheer to hospice patients and residents of a senior living community. Volunteers are also pen pals with 5th grade students and with senior living residents.

Any JM student who is interested in being a virtual volunteer can download the permission slip here [insert link] or request that it be mailed to you.

About the Day of Service

The Day of Service focuses on service projects around Fredericksburg and honors humanitarian and community activist Ceili Leahy, a 2014 JM graduate, who passed away in 2016 from cancer.  Started in the fall of 2016, JM students have volunteered for nonprofit organizations whose missions are consistent with Ceili’s values and passions, which included human rights and justice, the environment, and global sustainability. Students have also served nonprofit organizations that provide help to families dealing with pediatric cancer and grief. 

Service Opportunities for the Fall 2020 Ceili Leahy Day of Service

Ceili Leahy Day of Service Permission Slip

JM student volunteers will have the opportunity to provide cheer through letters, artwork, and cards.  This fall, the Ceili Leahy Day of Service is partnering the following organizations: 

• Spring Arbor Senior Living: students can either be a Pen Pal to a resident or write letters, make cards, or create artwork for their residents;

• Mary Washington Hospice: students will write letters, make cards, or create artwork for hospice patients; or

• Lafayette Upper Elementary School (LUES): students can be a Pen Pal to a 5th grade student.

Service hours may be reported to students’ clubs or activity programs such as National Honor Society. 

For questions, please contact:
Leslie Leahy, Organizer, Day of Service (cell: 540.645.8512; email: theclserviceproject@gmail.com),
Options for submitting the completed and signed permission slip:
1.  Take a picture of the signed slip and email to theclserviceproject@gmail.com, or
2.  Scan the signed slip and email to theclserviceproject@gmail.com, or
3.  Mail the completed slip to: 
James Monroe High School
Ceili Leahy Day of Service
2300 Washington Ave
Fredericksburg, VA 22401

Whom we serve:

Nonprofit organizations that volunteers have served so far include: Loisann’s Hope House, Mary Washington Hospice at Harbor House, Friends of the Rappahannock, Fairy Godmother Project, Fredericksburg City Schools, Downtown Greens, Tree Fredericksburg, and Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity.  The Day of Service has now become a tradition for JMHS students to get involved and volunteer around Fredericksburg.

Our sponsors:

Local businesses sponsor the Day of Service events. Over the years our generous sponsors have included White Oak Animal Hospital, Suzy Stone Century 21 Redwood, J. Brian’s Tap Room, Fredericksburg Ballet Centre, Rappahannock Development Group, Coleman Motor Company, Inc., and Blackhawk Homes, LLC.  Traditionally our sponsors have allowed us to purchase supplies for service projects, refreshments for volunteers, and “Ceili Leahy Day of Service” tee shirts for all our volunteers— a visible reminder of Ceili’s passion for volunteerism and our commitment to community service.  This fall, our sponsors will be helping us to provide stationary, stamps, and supplies for students to write their letters and cards and create artwork for assisted living residents, hospice patients, and elementary school students.

Volunteer Hours

The Volunteer Hours Tracking Sheet is an optional way for students to track the hours volunteered, either in person or virtual.  Students can earn the Virginia Department of Education Board of Education’s Excellence in Civics Education Seal for their diploma by volunteering 50 hours over their high school career and complete 2 courses (Virginia & US History and Virginia & US Government) with a grade of “B or higher.  Students should communicate with their school counselor that they are working toward the seal.  Please set up an appointment with your school counselor to sign off on the hours.

For more information about the graduation diploma seals of achievement, please visit Virginia Department of Education’s website at the following URL: