Sacred Heart Nativity Students get a Head Start on Christmas

Sacred Heart Nativity Students get a Head Start on Christmas

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Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Grace students participated in an early Christmas service-learning project. The middle school classes, each met one day of the week to assemble cross necklaces and create Christmas cards for students at the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.
Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Grace students participated in an early Christmas service-learning project. The middle school classes, each met one day of the week to assemble cross necklaces and create Christmas cards for students at the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.
Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Grace students participated in an early Christmas service-learning project. The middle school classes, each met one day of the week to assemble cross necklaces and create Christmas cards for students at the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.

The students at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools got a head start on Christmas this year – but this time, a Haitian Christmas.
Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Grace students participated in an early Christmas service-learning project during the week of September 21. The middle school classes each met one day of the week to assemble cross necklaces and create Christmas cards for students at the Becky DeWine School in Haiti.
The Nativity students forwent their usual Activity Period basketball or kickball game to work together to make Christmas gifts for the schools located in Cité Soleil, one of the poorest and most dangerous slums in the world.
Nativity students first learned about Haiti and Haitian culture, and then looked at pictures of the slum, the schools, and the children. To end the period, students tied wooden crosses onto leather cords and made cards. Some wrote personal letters of hope; others decorated with “Merry Christmas” in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole.
The gifts are on track to make it in time for each of the seven campus’ Christmas parties at the Becky DeWine School. The Haitian school, which Father Tom Hagan opened in 1998 with just four Kindergarten classes, provides a tuition-free Catholic education, books, uniforms, and one hot meal a day to now nearly 8,000 students, grades K-12.
The Sacred Heart Nativity students are hoping, in return, to receive pictures of these middle schoolers more than 3,000 miles away, with crosses around their necks and cards in their hands at Christmastime.