Students at Saint Anne Parish School worked hard this Lenten season to raise money to help others. In addition to $200 raised during the 8th grade bake sale, 6th graders hosted Saint Anne’s first ever “Kindness Expo”, raising over $1,700 for migrant workers in Yakima, Washington!
6th grade teacher Megan Feit says students in her religion class were inspired to host the Kindess Expo after discussing the importance of giving to those in need during the Lenten season.
“During these discussions, they came up with an idea to use the gifts that God has given us to create items to sell and use that money towards our school-wide almsgiving project,” Megan says. “The idea developed into an Expo set up similar to their 5th Grade Business Expo, where students set up their own businesses by creating real products to sell.”
The expo consisted of 21 booths with 39 sixth graders displaying a variety of products for sale. Some of the items featured included tasty foods such as cupcakes, cookies, chocolate covered fruits, root beer floats, and popcorn along with many handmade items such as double-sided pens, bracelets, purses, iPad covers, stress balls, headbands, tie dye t-shirts, blankets, and much more!
Megan Feit says she was so proud of her students for raising over $1,700. “It was a great success! The 6th graders worked very hard and took a great amount of time to create these products. Then they gave it all away for a good cause! Even though they didn’t get any money in return, this act of selflessness brought them closer to God during Lent, which is so important.”
Throughout this year’s Lenten season, Saint Anne Parish School took time for prayer, reflection and almsgiving as a Catholic school community. They came together for liturgies, reconciliation services and living stations leading up to joyful masses celebrating the Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
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