Weekly Feature

2015-12-09 / Editorial

St. John’s students lend helping hands

Dozens of helping hands from the junior high students of St. John the Baptist in Kenmore were being extended to St. Luke’s Mercy of Mission, located near Buffalo’s East Side.

During a four-day period, each seventhand eighth-grade student spent a day to provide manpower to help pack and distribute groceries, toys and other donations for people who need assistance this holiday season. The St. John’s students are regulars at St. Luke’s and have been participating in this service program for more than a decade.

Principal Cynthia Jacobs firmly believes students are impacted by the experience.

“We include service projects in our religion curriculum in order for students to gain firsthand knowledge of putting our Catholic beliefs into action,” Jacobs said. “When a person engages in charitable work, they develop a deeper appreciation for what it means to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty and so on. Many of our parents accompany the students, and the adults are touched as much as their children.”

Although the entire school participates in a Christmas toy collection for St. Luke’s Mission, the junior high students actually travel to the mission, witnessing firsthand the magnitude of need within their own community.

“Helping out at St. Luke’s allows them to realize the very real and tangible needs of our neighbors,” Jacobs said. “We are grateful for this opportunity.”

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