ST. PAUL CATHOLIC SCHOOL has been busy spreading the reason for the season throughout the community. Since early November, the students have been involved in a variety of service activities which demonstrate their capacity for caring for others.
The activities kicked off with a food drive competition for the Michigan/Michigan State game, which brought in almost 1,200 nonperishable food items to benefit the parish food pantry. A couple of weeks later the students brought in jars of peanut butter and jelly in support of Memorial Healthcare’s peanut butter and jelly drive. The end of November found students paying for the opportunity to wear pajamas, as well as donating new pajamas to support a program sponsored by Scholastic Books which pairs a book with every pair of pajamas for needy children.
Early December had another opportunity to dress in a variety of silly clothes for “Extravaganza Day,” which, along with a casual for a cause day, raised over $300 for student council to spend purchasing gifts for the parish giving tree. The 5th-grade students collected $140 for the Toys for Tots campaign. All classes also enjoyed singing along with Vocal Variations, a local group which provides special needs adults with opportunities to sing and perform for others.
In addition, the kindergarten, 1st-grade and 2nd-grade classes visited The Meadows and sang carols for the residents there. Finally, all students created Christmas cards for homebound parish members and residents of local assisted living facilities. School administrators are “very proud of the students and families of St. Paul Catholic School and their commitment to serving others!”
St. Paul student council members can be seen during a recent shopping trip to the Owosso-area Meijer, where the students purchased items for the parish giving tree.