On March 23, Saint Simon Parish School’s first grade classes hosted their annual bake sale to support Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl. To support this Lenten outreach activity, each grade brainstorms and develops projects to help raise the funds for their respective rice bowls. While some grades have individual or class projects, first grade has a group initiative putting on a bake sale.
“Past bake sales have raised hundreds of dollars, but this year’s sale was so large it went on for two days and first grade raised a record amount $1,142,” said Steve Rummell, principal.
The students, with parent supervision, each prepared batches of treats for sale in order to raise money. Leading up to the event, the first graders gave special announcements at morning assembly encouraging students in other grades to support them.
“My favorite part was selling our food to the whole school,” said one student.
All of the students appreciated the opportunity to work towards a collective end, but also a goal of service to others. As one first grader said after two days of giving up her recess to sell the treats, “I loved the bake sale because we were helping people get food and a warm house.”
Saint Simon School provides students with a variety of service learning and outreach projects over the course of the year. Many of these projects are done in concert with parish ministries, which enhances the partnership between the parish and the school.