Spreading Christmas Cheer to the Greater Community
Fourth Grade Sponsors Book Drive
In the spirit of the holidays, the 4th grade class held a book drive to benefit St. Anthony's Padua Dining Room. St. Anthony’s dining room is the largest “soup-kitchen” between San Francisco and San Jose and the only organization that provides food daily throughout the year. The Dining Room provides warm, nutritious meals to anyone in need. They serve an average of 500 meals a day.
The volunteer coordinator at St. Anthony's, Ms. Barrett Moore, expressed a need for books to read to the children who come to St. Anthony’s, giving their parents a few minutes to eat their meal and relax. St. Raymond 4th graders answered her call and collected over 450 books. The books were presented to Ms. Moore at morning prayer in the courtyard on Friday, Dec. 16. Ms. Moore expressed her heartfelt appreciation to the 4th graders and emphasized how much the children who come to St. Anthony's enjoy the books that have been donated.
Second Grade Brings Christmas Cheer to the Elderly
St. Raymond Second graders visited the Nazareth Classic Care facility in Menlo Park on Tuesday, December 13th. The class performed Christmas carols, including "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", "Up on the Housetop" and "Feliz Navidad", which was a crowd favorite! Following the caroling, the students introduced themselves to the residents, passed out handmade Christmas cards, and shared their favorite Christmas tradition. Both the students and the residents had a wonderful time.
8th Grade Helps with Toy Drive at St. Francis Center
The Eighth Grade class worked at the St. Francis Center helping the Center get organized for its' annual toy drive. The students spent the morning unloading trucks and sorting new toys which had been donated to the Center. Client families of the St. Francis Center are invited to come and select brand new toys, which help to brighten Christmas morning for their children. The 8th grade students were truly the hands of God helping to make Christmas special for struggling families. The St. Francis Center is dedicated to meeting the needs of the working poor in the Redwood City area. They provide a number of essential services for their clients. The toy drive is an annual event which St. Raymond School and Parish have supported for many years.
6th Graders Make a Difference at SF Marin Food Bank
The Sixth Grade class spent two and a half hours bagging green and yellow beans on Monday, December 12th in San Francisco at the SF Marin Food Bank. The students sorted and bagged 2,900 pounds of vegetables! The Sixth graders worked in teams of six, scooping the beans into plastic bags, weighing them to be sure the bag was exactly 16 ounces, twisting the bag tightly and sealing it securely.
The students learned that the SF Marin Food Bank focuses on the immediate distribution of food, and also works on long-term strategies to address hunger in the Bay Area. They were pleased to learn that their assistance helped to eliminate the need to hire 77 additional people per year to work at the Food Bank.
Kerrin Meinhardt, parent chaperone, had this to say about the 6th grade service project, "Talk about making a difference! All of the children in my car said they wanted to go back with their families! Thank you to St. Raymond school for realizing the importance of taking time out of school work to do what matters and what our school stands for . . . being kind and helping other people as Christ taught us to do."