… I make a difference!
Holy Childhood Association
Each year our students at St. Charles take on the mission of praying for children who live in villages in various countries. Aside from daily prayers, all students are initiated into the Association at our annual Holy Childhood Association Assembly in October.
Raising money for HCA: Popcorn Sales and Toy Store
This year, our school received the challenge to pray in support for not only one country, but this year, we were asked to pray for six countries! In typical St. Charles fashion, our students and staff energetically took on that challenge in October, and haven’t looked back since! We have been praying for: Peru, Kenya, India, Tanzania, South Africa, and Bangladesh.
Our Bucket! … Safe and Caring Schools
Our Safe and Caring Schools committee ideas have had a huge impact on both students and staff this year!
Our school-wide theme is Empathy. This theme was presented to our students at the beginning of the school year in an assembly. Our students have participated in many lessons, assemblies, and activities which have promoted this theme. Students are asked to “fill a bucket” on a daily basis. Each week, those students bucket-fillers are shared on the morning announcements, and if you are still in the hallway during this time, you will often hear classroom cheers as students congratulate those who have filled someones bucket!
After Spring Break, the Safe and Caring Schools Committee implemented the “Word of the Week.” Each week, a word related to Empathy is read on the morning announcements. It is accompanied by a quote or idea related to that word. Since it was April, we incorporated our fill a bucket idea, to include “raindrops.” After all, April showers do bring May flowers. As students are caught “in action” by staff, doing the word of the week, their name is placed on a raindrop and put up on our Safe and Caring Schools bulletin board. So far our words for April have been: patience, helpfulness, compassion and generosity. It’s been amazing to see all of those raindrops fill up the board!
As we head into the last two months of school, we look forward to continuing our success at St. Charles, because we know that empathy is seeing with the eyes of another, listening with the ears of another, and feeling with the heart of another.