At the end of January, The Franciscan School participated in a week long celebration of Catholic Schools Week. We began our celebration with students representing TFS at all Masses, along with teachers sharing inspiring stories about their journeys as Catholic School Educators. We also celebrated with Open House and other activities throughout the week.
The week included many guest speakers to Morning Prayer including Heather Keleher, a TFS alumna, who spoke about the Migrant Ministry that she and her sister Kirsten, also an alumna of TFS, established to welcome migrant farm workers to North Carolina and provide items they need. This was the fourth year that a school-wide collection for Migrant Ministry was held during Catholic Schools Week.
Grade-level service projects were held to support and benefit many organizations:
- Kindergarten: Students paired with eighth grade students in making toiletry kits.
- 1st Grade: Helped make “no sew” blankets for Linus Project.
- 2nd Grade: Students assembled Catholic Parish Outreach Birthday Bags.
- 3rd Grade: Soup kits were made by students to donate to Our Lady of the Rosary Food Pantry.
- 4th Grade: Students prepared 1,400 bags needed for the Catholic Parish Outreach food drive, passed out bags after Mass and worked on the CPO truck the day of the drive.
- 5th Grade: Partnered with the St. Francis Preschool to learn about service and bag rice and beans for Our Lady of the Rosary Parish.
- 6th Grade: Students made over 100 paracord bracelets for Operation Gratitude, an organization that sends care packages to those that serve our country.
- 7th Grade: Students learned about Sole Hope and then cut out patterns from used jeans for Soul Hope to make into shoes to be sent to Uganda.
- 8th Grade: Participated in Justice Pilgrimage off-campus service.
Additionally, students heard St. Francis staff members speak about Stewardship and Advocacy and learned about Catholic education from Father Jim.
What a great week of service to others!