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Student-led Holy Rosary service projects help those in need

The seventh grade class at Holy Rosary School in Edmonds has led five service projects over the past year to help their neighbors in need.

Holy Rosary service teacher Julie Gibson said the students studied “issues of environmental crisis, immigration and the movement of people, inequalities in education and the large-scale effects of hunger and of the poverty. Then she challenged them to “identify a need in our community or our world and create a service project to help those who may need support”.

The students “took up the challenge with enthusiasm,” Gibson said, creating feminine hygiene kits for women at the YWCA; collecting supplies and clothing for migrant farm workers in the Skagit Valley through Catholic Community Services (CCS); organizing a coat drive for Clothes for Kids in Lynnwood, collecting used school supplies for Red Cross disaster relief, and funding a year of housing and schooling for an orphan in Honduras through the organization Nuestro Pequeño Hermanos (NPH). Other students of the Holy Rosary have contributed money for this project, coming from their own home service projects.

Gibson then asked the students to reflect on their project, which allowed them to “think critically about their service experience,” she said.

Here are photos of the participating students and their thoughts:

The Fernando project

The Holy Rosary students hold the boxes they had placed in each classroom to collect money to support Fernando in Honduras. (Photos courtesy of Holy Rosary School)

Our group has chosen to support Fernando, a boy from NPH in Honduras. Our group’s goal was far exceeded as we ended up raising over $ 1000 and we are very grateful to all of the students for the support they showed. In Honduras, people don’t have the money to pay for the remedies they need, so our money will help pay for the necessities Fernando needs like school, food, shelter, etc. By helping the children of NPH we are preparing them for a better life. I just hope we can support more children in the future to help them get what they need and give them the opportunity to make their dreams come true.
– By Gabby, Annika and Caroline

Feminine hygiene kits

The group collected shampoo, conditioner, soaps, towels and tampons as well as other hygiene-related items for homeless women.

Our group has chosen to help girls and women who cannot afford basic feminine hygiene products and shampoo, soap, etc. Many women and girls who live on the margins do not have enough products to keep them clean and hygienic. The tampon and pads cost more than they should, and some women cannot afford them. This project responds to these needs. I hope we can help women feel safe and happy and get the health care and essentials they need. Knowing that we are helping a little makes me so happy.
– By Payton, Maddy, Darcy and Elise

CCS migrant agricultural workers

This service group collected everyday items such as food and clothing for migrant farm workers in the Skagit Valley. Farm workers cannot travel with much and often need the most basic necessities of life.

Our group has chosen to support migrant farm workers in the Skagit Valley. Many farm workers arrive from Mexico and southern California. They need lots of basic necessities like food and clothing because they move around a lot and cannot take much with them. Their community will benefit from the satisfaction of their basic needs. We are happy to help the people who bring us our food.

– By Jonah, Wilhelm, Evan, Madden and Kainoa

This group has collected new and slightly used coats for Clothes for Kids.
This group collected new and lightly used school supplies such as paper, scissors, paper, pens, pencils, colored markers, colored pencils, rulers and highlighters for children in the fall who may not have the means to afford to go back to school.

The other two service projects were a coat drive to benefit Clothes for Kids – organized by Raina, Lily, Connor and Sarah – and the used school supplies drive to benefit the Red Cross, led by Ian, Matthews and Evan .