Brooklyn Education: Students show holiday spirit

In December, theSt. Saviour High Schoolcommunity ofstudents, parents and facultyjoined together to donate clothes, toys and other items to Hour Children.Founded more than 25 years ago,Hour Children’s missionis to help incarcerated and formerly incarcerated women and their children successfully rejoin the community, reunify with their families, and build healthy, independent and secure lives.This is the second year of the drive which is organized by Head ofReligiousStudies and Campus Ministry Sr. Anne Lally, CSJ.

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The students atBishop Kearney High Schoolshowed their spirit of giving. They granted holiday wishes by purchasing specific items listed oncards distributed through their religion classes.During the Advent prayer service, they piled hundreds of gifts of toys, clothing and warm gloves around the tree set up in the center of the school auditorium.

The faculty held their own service a few days later and provided baby needs for young mothers. Members of the Catholic Studies department coordinated the project.

This year, the groups that benefited from the appeal included: St. John the Baptist Parish CCD, St. JohnÂ’s Bread for Life, St. Francis of Assisi CCD in Manhattan,the St. Francis Breadline and Sisters for Life.

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History Matters, theSt. Saviour High Schoolhistory club, held a Coat Drive in conjunction with the New York Cares Coat Drive. Over 75 coats were collected by the students and transported to a local police station.

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During the holidays, students in grades five through eight at theLutheran Elementary Schoolremembered those serving our country. The children wrote letters and sent them to Holiday Mail for Heroes and A Recovering American Soldier c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

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On December 13,atOur Lady of Guadalupe SchoolThe annual program provides gifts of toys and clothing for children in two Brooklyn parishes, Our Lady of Victory and St. Michael-St. Malachy.Those parishes were represented by Sister Bernadette, a Sister of Mercy from Our Lady of Victory, and Sister Esperanza, a Sister of the Incarnate Word from St. Michael-St. Malachy.

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