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Students Create Birthday Bags for Food Pantry

On Friday, February 13, 2015, students from Saint Matthias created “Birthday Bags” for distribution at the parish food pantry.  The service project allows those in need to have the necessary supplies to celebrate family birthdays.  During the days leading up to this project, students shared their family histories of birthdays, discussed favorite traditions, and prepared cards to be included in the bags.  All supplies were donated by Saint Matthias families.

The 3rd grade students were in charge of the shopping.  Many commented on newly-learned empathy for their parents when it comes to completing a list and bagging groceries.

Birthday bags were assembled as “families.” Families are made-up of one eighth grade leader and then one to two students in each other grade.  The groups are consistent throughout the year, helping all students get to know each other better.

The final products was almost 30 bags to be handed out to those in need.

Each fall, students, teachers and families from Saint Matthias participate in a food drive to support the parish food pantry.  Open Friday mornings, the pantry supplies non-perishable food to families in the community in need.


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