As a class, the 5th graders donated $575 to purchase goods from Food for the Poor! The students worked in teams to count the money and make their selections from the organization’s online ordering site. The students decided to purchase the following:

  • Screen shot 2014-12-23 at 12.54.30 PM2 fruit trees
  • 2 goats
  • 20 chicks
  • 3 piglets for a family
  • 200 pounds of rice and beans
  • Feed a family for two months
  • Clothes for a child
  • Emergency medical supplies for 2 years
  • School supplies for a child for 1 year
  • Agricultural tools

Their discussions about how to spend the money focused on what would help families the most and for the longest time! I believe they made amazing choices and I couldn’t be more impressed by their giving spirit and compassion!

15981339351_0351812845_zRecently, the 7th and 8th grade elective, P.O.O.F (Proud Of Our Faith), organized a school-wide letter writing drive.  In our elective we learn about real world problems and our Catholic response to them.  For this letter drive, we asked the school to write letters to soldiers.  The younger students drew pictures and the older students wrote nice letters.  Students in P.O.O.F went around at the end of the day and collected these letters.  We screened the letters and folded them.  At the beginning of this project, our goal was 450 letters.  I am proud to say we will be sending 500+ letters to Operation Gratitude in California before Christmas!  This organization will send our letters in care packages to current soldiers and veterans.  Here are some of the things P.O.O.F students had to say about the project:

“I was very excited to get to write letters to veterans and to think that we passed our goal by more than 50 is amazing!”  -Natalie B.

“It was fun to help veterans!”  -Luc K.

“I enjoyed making letters to bring a smile to a soldier’s face.”  – Nolan M.

“We could barely believe we got 500+ letters.  It made us feel good to know a soldier would be happy enjoying our letters.”  – Abby C.

More photos available at Flickr.com under Service Album.