The tradition to help families in need at Christmas is still alive after more than twenty years at St. Charles College.
This year almost twenty-five families will have gifts to put under the tree for their children thanks to the Cards.
Homerooms pool money together in the weeks leading up to Christmas and then go shopping with the child’s pre-made list in hand.
Deacon Steve Callaghan, the school Chaplain spearheads the initiative yearly, “Each homeroom essentially adopts a child or children within a family attending one of its feeder schools and supplies gifts for the children.” To keep annonymity and respect the families privacy, Deacon Steve delivers the parcels to the parents in the days leading up to Christmas through the help of the feeder school Principals.
Principal Patty Mardero says “The initiative falls in line with the Ontario Catholic Graduate Expectation five which focuses on students becoming collaborative contributors inside of the walls of the school but also helping students beyond that in the greater community.”
The grade nine French Immersion students at St. Charles College are currently studying a unit on “Les Contes” (short stories). One of their assignments was to create a “conte” and develop vocabulary words and comprehension questions about their “contes”.
The students collaborated with teacher Colette Perrin’s Grade 1 Immersion students to read the “contes”, and assist them with their French reading and understanding.
The small students also happened to be celebrating pajama day and were divided into stations for story time with the big SCC students who were celebrating ugly Christmas sweater day.
Christmas will be just a little brighter this year for some patients in the Sudbury area suffering from cancer. Grade 8 students at St. Charles College Elementary, created handmade Christmas cards that will be distributed to patients suffering from cancer, in honour of one of their own classmates who is courageously battling the disease.
Mrs. Kathy Belanger, the teacher in charge of the activity said: “One of my students, came to me with a letter from her grand mother’s friend, asking if we would be willing to create Christmas cards as a way to make some people’s holiday season a little brighter. Our class thought it would be a wonderful gesture to demonstrate how we are ‘Church in the World’.”
During two religion classes, students in the 8A homeroom put their artistic talents to work while listening to Christmas music, which created an atmosphere of happiness, joy and hope for those struggling with the disease.
The cards will be distributed before the holidays begin.
Students in the Early Learning Kindergarten program at Holy Trinity Catholic Elementary School visited the music room at St. Charles College recently to be entertained and wowed by senior music students.
The students learned about percussion, different instruments and music therapy. The senior students also treated the students to a couple songs such as the Spiderman theme song.
Mrs. Demore feels it is important for students to learn to appreciate music at a very early age.