School focuses on helping homeless

Students and staff celebrate St. Vincent Catholic School’s Lenten project, which supported the Salvation Army and St. Agnes Soup Kitchen. From left, front row, students Benedict Evenden-Knowles and Carson Nogueira. Back row, Cathy Bechard, Grade 8 teacher; Cassius Salvador, student; Jami Vandevenne, Salvation Army; Emma Zimmer, student; Patricia Riberdy, St. Agnes Soup Kitchen; Pierre Cadotte, St. Agnes Soup Kitchen; Braden Twigg, student; and Brenden McKay, student.

Throughout the year, students and staff at St. Vincent Catholic School have been learning about homelessness in Chatham-Kent.  Now, they’re putting their learning into action. 

After reading about homelessness in Canada, the Grade 8 students wanted to learn more about homelessness in Chatham-Kent. 

Through inquiry and more research, as well as visits by community members to speak to junior and intermediate students on the subject, students and staff decided to help make a difference for marginalized citizens in our community. 

On two occasions in February, the Grade 8 students volunteered at the St. Agnes Soup Kitchen.

“Now, as another way of putting our learning into action, and in keeping with our Lenten promise of almsgiving, we are working as a school community to support both the Salvation Army and the St. Agnes Soup Kitchen,” Nicole Stevens, Principal of St. Vincent Catholic School, said in a media release.  “These two organizations do so much to help the homeless in our community.”

Students collected non-perishable foods and personal items that are needed by organizations which support those in need.  The items included toothpaste, body wash and other toiletries, coffee, boxed beef or chicken broth, shampoo and sugar.




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