Fifth grade's mission to collect care package items for service members was a great success.
We also had many parents, grandparents, family members, and friends donate to our fundraiser during the Veteran's Day Program hosted here at St. Anna School. We would like to thank these members of our community for their contributions to our service members and veterans as we honor their sacrifice and commitment to our country.
In honor of Veterans' Day, Grade 5 will be supporting . They have decided to collect items for care packages that will be shipped to members of the military overseas and those at home who have a physical or mental injury, illness, or wound.
Grade three continued the #MakeaDifference campaign this month with a Pink Out day. Our Pink Out day raised over $500 for the American Cancer Society. We had over 90% of our community "pinked out" for the day. That is AMAZING and it shows just how generous and caring our school community is.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women (except for skin cancer). Millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year, including family members of our own faculty.
The third grade chose the American Cancer Society as their organization to support because they are one of the leading organizations for cancer research. They fund programs that help women access early detection tests and better treatment if they are diagnosed.
Pink Out days are popular fundraisers in which the members of a community (like a school or an office) wear pink for the day to support breast cancer research. Students who donate to the American Cancer Society will be allowed to dress down, as long as they wear pink!
Our first service project is complete! Kindergarten launched our #MakeaDifference campaign and learned how they can show their love for God in their actions toward others.
We had fun hats, sports hats, and silly hats (including a chicken!). The day was a huge success, and Kindergarten raised $400 for St. Jude.
Thank you all for your support!
September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, so Kindergarten is sponsored Hats Off for Cancer Day. Students (and staff!) are asked to bring in a small donation ($1-5) for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. If they do, they get to wear a hat ALL DAY!
Here is some information about childhood cancer from the St. Jude website: Each year, 175,000 children and teens are diagnosed with cancer worldwide, and 16,000 of these cases will be in the U.S. Even here, doctors often send their toughest cases to St. Jude because they have the world's best survival rates for some of the most aggressive childhood cancers. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing, or food. St. Jude shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children.
Thanks for supporting our #MakeaDifference campaign! We now have a bulletin board set up to track our progress this year and highlight the service projects. You can see project descriptions and photos on the bulletin board as you enter the first floor hallway.
On the second Sunday of Easter this year, Pope Francis released his bull Misericordiae Vultus, proclaiming the coming "Jubilee Year of Mercy". This holy year will officially begin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in December.
Here at St. Anna's, we have chosen to embrace the Year of Mercy with our #MakeaDifference campaign. We are following Pope Francis as the guide in our campaign:
"Jesus asks us also to forgive and to give. To be instruments of mercy because it was we who first received mercy from God. To be generous with others, knowing that God showers his goodness upon us with immense generosity... Let us open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!"
Each month, one class will choose a different organization in need of support. They will lead the school in a service project to contribute to that organization, whether that is through collecting donations or volunteering their time. Check back soon for more updates!