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2015-04-17 / Education

St. John’s students assist those in need during Lenten season


Students Ellianna Werder, left, Thomas Fabiano and Patrick Connolly collect donations for those in need in the community. Students Ellianna Werder, left, Thomas Fabiano and Patrick Connolly collect donations for those in need in the community. The students of St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore recently collected an assortment of food items to prepare a recipe to assist neighbors of the Ken-Ton community.

As part of their Lenten preparation, students assembled a variety of seafood proteins, along with pastas and soup. These groceries will be donated to the nearby Response to Love Center in Buffalo to help stock its pantry with needed food items.

“This is our third year of partnering with the RTLC for this food drive,” said Michelle Salemi, director of advancement.

“It’s the perfect connection for St. John’s and Response to Love because our junior high students regularly volunteer at their soup kitchen there and help to prepare and serve food to their clients,” she said.

“Having all our students come together to gather food items for this organization provides them with much-needed support. We are thrilled to once again partner with them.”

Salemi said the timing was perfect given the Lenten season.

“Our families are always receptive to ways to help others,” she said. “Especially at this time of the year as we approach the Easter season, it’s a welcome opportunity to remind children about assisting people within their community. These staples will go towards providing nutritious meals throughout the year for families. It’s the perfect recipe for having our students help the greater community and it puts our faith into action.”

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