This winter, Our Lady of Talpa School students continued our school tradition of participating in service projects in honor of Catholic Schools’ Week. Throughout Catholic Schools’ Week, and in the weeks following, students from TK through 8th grade joyfully shared their hearts and their service to carry out a variety of projects to benefit our community. Our Active Vincentian Catholics participated in the following service projects to make a difference in our world:
- TK through 1st grade students traveled a few blocks from Talpa to Hollenbeck Palms retirement community, where they delivered valentines to the community’s residents and brought joy to them through song and dance. We were happy to hear the residents were impressed with our students’ performance and their respectful behavior!
- 3rd through 5th grade students made and decorated Valentine’s Day cards for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels. After they created the valentines, the students spent time sharing reflection and discussion, which the 5th grade students led.
- 6th through 8th grade students organized and led a drive to collect baby supplies to help expectant mothers at The Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley (the same organization for which Talpa raised money via our Walk-A-Thon). The students placed a baby crib in Talpa’s office and encouraged students and families to donate baby supplies to help fill the crib. As you can see in the photo below, the crib was quickly overflowing! The 6th-8th graders focused their service project on the importance of respecting and valuing the sacredness of life. In addition to organizing the baby supply drive, students had the opportunity to listen to a guest speaker from The Pregnancy Help Center of San Gabriel Valley, who visited Talpa. (Look below to see some of the posters students made to welcome her to our community.) The students’ service project culminated with a 6th-8th grade retreat on Friday, February 13.