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Beyond the Classroom: Teaching community involvement by doing

By Staff | Jan 2, 2015

Submitted Third and fourth graders at Little Flower Catholic School shop for needy families for Project Joy. BACK ROW (from the left): LFS Instructor Bethany Mack, Bryceton Deplazes, Mariann Kraft, Riley Bonebrake, and Mikaylee Livedalen Front Row: Andrew Duchscher, Jack Swanson, Tressa Arnston and Treyton Ressler

Involvement in community projects is a lesson that is best taught by doing. At Little Flower School, that is what we are trying to do. Recently, we paired the Advent Season and the community with Rugby’s Project Joy.

Advent is a time of giving and preparing for Jesus. With the Advent season, our school took part in Project Joy. During this time, we wanted students to think about others who have little. We encouraged all the students at Little Flower School to bring monetary donations to school that would in turn be used for Project Joy purchases.

Our students did an outstanding job! Our school, although quite small, was able to raise more than $430! The church also held a special collection and that was then combined with the money raised by school students. The eight children who make up grades 3 & 4 spent a morning shopping for wish list items off the tree at Shopko. The students were able to pick up items for many people.

This project was a huge success! Our students thoroughly enjoyed making the Christmas season a little more joyful for those in need. It truly was an experience of peace and goodwill towards men.

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