Christ the King students learn service of giving
By Josh O’Gorman
STAFF WRITER | January 31,2014
Albert J. Marro / Staff Photo
Turner Ramsey, left, watches over Peyton Rider who was busy working Thursday on a community service project at Christ the King School in Rutland as part of Catholic Schools Week.
It’s all about faith, knowledge and service. These are the three themes being explored during Catholic Schools Week at Mount St. Joseph Academy and Christ the King School, where students in preschool through eighth grade tied together these concepts during a community-service project Thursday.
“We always try to incorporate a service project into Catholic Schools Week,” said third-grade teacher Christine Cirelli. “As a school, we want to promote service, and that is always ongoing, but this week, it’s in the forefront.”
For their project, students used fleece to make blankets and scarves to be donated to the Rutland County Women’s Network & Shelter and two assisted-living facilities: the Loretto Home and the St. Joseph Kervick Residence, both in Rutland.
The students raised the money themselves at a pair of fundraisers during which the students paid $1 each to be able to wear jeans to school. With that money, they were able to buy enough material to make approximately 25 blankets and 50 scarves.
“It’s a good, refreshing service project, instead of just sending the kids into their mothers’ cupboards for a canned food drive,” said Principal Mary Guggenberger. She said the gifts will be appreciated by the assisted-living residents.
“It’s always good for the elderly to get communications from young people,” Guggenberger said. “We want to help not just the hungry and the homeless, but the lonely.”
Service projects such as these are nothing new for Christ the King students, who, even at a young age, understand what they’re doing and why they’re doing it.
“We’re helping people who need help,” said third-grader Emma Hoover, 9, as she took a break from tying together edges of fleece to make a blanket.
The project also brought together some of the school’s oldest and youngest students. While some students worked on blankets and scarves, seventh-graders were guiding the 4- and 5-year-old students as they made cards to accompany the gifts, reminding the receiver “We’re thinking of you” and “You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
“It brings back a lot of memories for them,” said Deborah Serafino, who teaches grades six through eight. “A lot of the seventh graders were here doing this when they were 4 or 5 years old.”
One of those seventh graders was 12-year-old Angelina Tommola.
“It’s important for us when we do this to be good role models, because (the younger students) look up to us,” Tommola said.