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IJP students collect more than 1,000 items for four charities

Students at Infant Jesus of Prague School in Flossmoor collected items for four charities, including baby needs for Aid for Women. (Provided photo)

Students at Infant Jesus of Prague School in Flossmoor have generously donated to four local organizations.

In October, kindergarten through eighth grade students separated into four houses. Once each student was assigned a place, they then were assigned an attribute that is part of the school’s Kingsmen Code: to be responsible, be respectful, be kind and be safe. Each Thursday the four groups met to build a sense of community and develop 21st century skills, such as critical thinking, communication, collaboration, social skills and global awareness.

This work was part of the school’s Respect Life Month program that brought guest speakers to school. Students heard from Dr. Richard Mantoan from Aid for Women; Sue Brunner representing the St. Vincent DePaul Society; Angela Murray from Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS); Sister Ruth of the Franciscan Health Foundation; and Jasmine Matthews, an alumna diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.

After the presentations, the students designed projects to benefit each organization. Students collected travel size toiletries for Franciscan Health Foundation, nonperishable food and beverage items for PADS, donations for St. Vincent DePaul Society, and baby items and spare change for Aid for Women.

“During this time of year, we practice gratitude and reflect on the blessings of the past year. Infant Jesus of Prague students exemplified their respect for life and gratitude by paying their blessings forward to those in need by collecting over 1,000 items as well as several hundred dollars for local charitable organizations,” said IJP Principal Charlotte Kelly. “Students also learned a valuable lesson that children can make a monumental difference in their community and their world.”

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