Faculty and staff at St. Brigid School in Portland regularly organize school-wide service projects in the hope that they will become springboards for students to recognize the importance of showing kindness and compassion to those less fortunate.
During Catholic Schools Week, the school will take that mission to another level, holding three service projects during a packed schedule of fun activities and special events.
In an effort to provide comfort to children who need to be removed from unsafe living situations, pre-kindergartners through fourth-graders at St. Brigid will collect new and gently used stuffed animals, travel size toothpaste, and toothbrushes to assemble care packages. The items will be donated to the Portland Police Department, who, in turn, will be distributed by officers when they encounter a child in need.
Fifth-, sixth- and eighth-graders will be busy collecting snack items to assemble snack packs for the Locker Project, a Maine-based organization that partners with Good Shepherd Food Bank to ensure food security for all Maine children. The Locker Project works with schools to provide students with healthy class-time snacks and take-home food for the times they are most likely to experience hunger.
In addition, the seventh-graders will visit a long-term care facility to deliver smiles and companionship to residents.
During Catholic Schools Week the school will host clothing theme days; hold a classroom door decorating competition; organize a staff versus student volleyball game; make thank-you cards for local clergy; and welcome school families for a night of skating at Thompson’s Point on Friday.
For a look at activities and projects taking place at other Catholic schools in Maine during Catholic Schools Week, visit portlanddiocese.org/CSW2017.
Nearly 30 volunteers from Unum spent Jan. 18 at Presumpscot School teaching each grade a different Junior Achievement lesson focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness. Through hands-on games and activities, Unum volunteers engaged with over 250 students in pre-K through fifth grade. Presumpscot is the only elementary school in Maine that brings JA programs to all of its classrooms in a one-day event. This is the second year in a row that Unum has provided volunteers for the day-long event.
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