St Raymond of Penafort Students raised $3121.88 for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) during the Lenten Season. Ted Miles and Joanne Kratz represented CRS and accepted check at the monthly mass for the school with all students present. Children learned about sacrifice, generosity, and how to be more like Jesus.
The students challenged each other by seeing how much each class room could raise. This challenge was coined “The Penny War”. Every morning a bucket was placed outside of each classroom. The goal was to fill each bucket with coins and dollar bills. However, coins could be eliminated with dollar bills. For example, if 1st grade had $5.25 in coins in their bucket, 2nd grade could “bomb” their bucket with a $5 dollar bill and quarter, while taking those coins for the 2nd grade bucket. The competition was intense! In the first week of Lent Pre-K through 4th grade raised $587.14, and grades 5th to 8th raised $184. Ultimately 4th grade raised the most funds for contest, bringing in $1678.76. Second place was taken by 6th grade, raising $445.96. The money will be raised to support Youth Build in El Salvador and portion will be used to help those in need right here in Philadelphia.
The funds raised were presented to CRS at a school mass held on Friday morning, April 21st. Fr. Chris Walsh interacted with students during the homily. He asked them what they like most about Easter. Do they understand it? What does Easter mean to them? Ted Miles from CRS also spoke to the children. His talk included compelling stories about the work CRS is doing around the world and how he came to work with this organization. He also explained the meaning of the Rice Bowl.
Ted brought prayer cards and chocolates for the students. He was also equipped with art work created by the people of El Salvador, including a beautiful basket made of grass. Our students presented some artwork of their own. Pre-Kindergarten made a “t-shirt” thank you poster with a note thanking CRS for the help they provide to children around the world. 2nd grade recited a poem on the altar. Then, 4th grade created a “giant check” to showcase the fundraising success of St. Raymond students.
We are grateful for our teachers Dana DiPasquale (4th grade) and Jennifer McLaughlin (6th grade) for organizing this activity with Mary Bell (CRS Ambassador for the Parish).
Students are excited to see how much they can raise next year!