2017-02-03 / Community

Holy Cross uses Catholic Schools Week to help others

For nearly two years, the kindness and generosity of the Holy Cross School community has answered prayers from families more than 8,000 miles away in Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe.

Since a chance visit by Holy Cross Principal Christine L’Abbé in March 2015, the South Portland school has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Ngamo Primary and Secondary Schools in Tsholotsho. The proceeds have paid for new piping to provide fresh water for students; tuition assistance for students unable to afford the $10 trimester fee; renovations for the teachers’ cottage; and clothing and sporting equipment for village families.

As part of its celebration of Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 29-Feb. 4), Holy Cross will continue its contributions as its students square off in Penny Wars. For a week, students in each classroom will place pennies in their classroom jar. Students can then go to other classrooms and deposit silver change and dollar bills which will be subtracted from the total of the other classroom. One grade will emerge victorious.

In addition, students at Holy Cross will write letters to the Ngamo students telling them what it is like to go to school in Maine and draw pictures to accompany what they write.

“Our students continue to learn that a small act of kindness can make a huge difference in the lives of others,” L’Abbé said. “That’s a central theme of Catholic Schools Week.”

Catholic Schools Week celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.

Students will also collect donations for the South Portland Boys and Girls Club, Animal Refuge League and several other community organizations.

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