Hope Hero Shoutout!
In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, Church of the Nativity Catholic School partnered with Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas to host their very first Day of Service. It may be called a DAY of service, but for the nearly 230 Nativity students and faculty, the commitment to serve others began weeks prior.
To help with the event, students performed chores at home to earn money that they could then donate towards purchasing the supplies needed for the Day of Service activities. As a thank you, the students earned a helping hand cut-out, which was placed around the Giving Heart on display in the school’s cafeteria. The students then participated in the activities to support the different ministries of Catholic Charities.
Nativity principal, David Kearney, and the teaching staff really wanted to stress to the students the WHY behind the WHAT in the Day of Service. To accomplish this, they focused on the teachings of the bible verses found in Matthew 25.
As result, the students assembled 26 bags of pasta and 170 coffee bags to help feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty. They also created 80 greenhouse planting kits for the New Roots for Refugees program and put together 30 containers of essential supplies to help those experiencing homelessness. While the lower grades stayed on-site to complete additional activities for Catholic Charities’ Friendly Visitor and Hospice programs, the middle-schoolers took a field trip to Hope Distribution Center to help inventory and sort the food that is donated to Catholic Charities.
“Nativity did a great job at educating the students about their Day of Service,” said Annette Bentzinger, Parish, School and Community Outreach Coordinator for Catholic Charities. “While donations are always important, so is the student’s understanding about the need in the community and why their service is important. It’s our hope that they will continue to serve as they grow older.”