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October 22, 2013 > Saint Edward School celebrates with community outreach

Saint Edward School celebrates with community outreach

Submitted By Rosanne Lyon

In celebration of Saint Edward SchoolÕs 50th Anniversary, the students and their families gave gifts to children in need. Following in the footsteps of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, who serve the poor, the vulnerable and youth, Saint Edward School participated in the Sleep Train Foster Kids New Clothing Drive. With over 60,000 foster children in California, this birthday outreach helped students show compassion and generosity for children just like them. For two weeks, kindergarten through 8th grade students donated new clothes for children from their particular grade. Then several students were invited to deliver the birthday boxes of clothing to the local Sleep Train store at the Fremont Hub.

As the school grows rich in blessings and gratitude for 50 years of Dominican education, students are learning that true birthday gifts received each day are lessons rooted in Gospel values, a strong sense of family and community, and an opportunity to build lasting friendships in a faith-filled environment where each person is valued and loved as a child of God.

As students reflected on what the Òbirthday outreachÓ meant to them, the following responses were typical:

I would like to help children in need and make them happy. (Jillian, Grade 2)
Normally for your birthday, you get gifts. This was a nice way to give back to our community and celebrate our school. (Lauren, Grade 8)
It shows our acts of service as a Catholic school. It helps us to keep our tradition in service and live up to the yearÕs motto: faith, knowledge, service and community. (Emmanuel, Grade 8)
I wanted to help foster children feel special. (John, Grade 2)
I chose to donate to other children because I realized it could happen to anyone. My friend couldÕve been a foster child. I couldÕve been a foster child. God really blessed me, and I felt the need to give back. Plus, what a better way to celebrate our 50th birthday? (Catherine, Grade 6)
I wanted to participate and help other children have something to celebrate. (Lauren, Grade 8)
Donating new clothes made me feel helpful and loving to those kids. (Samantha, Grade 2)
It made me feel happy inside my heart. (Janette, Grade 2)
It made me feel great when I donated clothes to foster children because IÕm a disciple of Jesus. (Nicholas, Grade 3)


For more information on Saint Edward School please visit our website: www.stednewark.org.

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