The students at Saint Nicholas School have been very busy this year putting their faith into action. In an effort to expand its community outreach program, the school has designated time and resources for our youth to participate in Compassion Week.
Founded by Los Altos United Methodist Church in 2013, Compassion Week has expanded its vision of service to the greater community this year through a new partnership with Los Altos Community Foundation (LACF) and several local faith communities. Saint Nicholas and Saint Williams Catholic Parish and School joined in this year to sponsor and participate in Compassion Week.
Students participated in various projects. The fifth, sixth and seventh-grade class packed 10,000 meals in the school gym for the Rise Against Hunger’s international hunger relief program. In addition, the students learned how this organization distributes food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable, mobilizing the necessary resources to end hunger by 2030.
Working alongside Saint Nicholas and Saint William parishioners, the eighth-grade class designed, decorated and personalized encouragement cards that are a part of the Bundles of Love for the SEEDS Homeless Youth Project. The messages to these young people are that they matter, they are seen and loved. The students discovered that SEEDS is a multi-tiered program that aims to not only meet the immediate needs of youth living on the streets but to also provide long-term support and resources to help end youth homelessness.
The fourth and third graders measured, cut and tied beautiful blankets to be given to those in need of some warmth this winter. Other grades worked on showing compassion to our Veterans by creating appreciation cards for their commitment to our country which will be delivered on Veterans Day.
Throughout Compassion Week faculty and staff heard the excitement and joy from the students and how gratifying it felt to make a positive impact in the community and the world.