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KIDS CARING for KIDS 2017 

Manchester School District Announcements

News and announcements for the Manchester School District, SAU 37 in Manchester, NH.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Kids Caring for Kids impacts 200 children in need

 

The Kids Caring for Kids student group at Saint Catherine of Siena School brainstormed, planned, created, and facilitated the distribution of 200 drawstring backpacks filled with goodies to support children in the Manchester School District who are identified as displaced or homeless.

Kids Caring for Kids is a project that was suggested by a student to the principal in 2015. John “JJ” Thomas had a dream to give back after the community supported his family when his mother fought and beat breast cancer. John knew that the students at St. Catherine of Siena School would help him to realize the desire to serve others.

With the support of a generous grant from the Diocesan Rice Bowl Grant, a donation from Mayor Gatsas, and private donations, the students assembled 200 drawstring backpacks filled with snacks, water bottle, toothbrush and tooth paste, small toys, a book, a craft, and a teddy bear. The packages include a penguin gift tag that was individually colored and designed by the children. Each tag expresses a note of encouragement for the receiver.

The Kids Caring for Kids effort has grown every year. The children donated 100 packages in 2015, 144 packages in 2016, and 200 in 2017.




KIDS CARING for KIDS PRESENTATION to the MAYOR 2016

TEACHING CHILDREN about the POWER of GIVING

Students at Saint Catherine of Siena School make good on their promise to continue Project Kids Caring for Kids

    Saint Catherine of Siena School students presented Mayor Gatsas and Manchester Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Livingston, the school’s 2nd Annual Kids Caring for Kids Care Package on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 9:30 am in the school gymnasium. This year’s theme is “A Bag to Warm the Heart”.

    Kids Caring for Kids was a project realized in 2015. John “JJ” Thomas had a dream to give back to the community after helping his mother fight and beat breast cancer while experiencing the love, faith and support of his family, school, and community. John knew that his classmates at St. Catherine of Siena School would help him help others. In 2014 – 2015 there were over 800 children in the Manchester School District who were identified as displaced or homeless. This year there are approximately 600 children. The numbers are shocking, but hope comes in the form of children who want to make a difference. With the support of generous grant funds and private donations, John and his peers assembled, donated, and distributed 100 care packages for displaced elementary school children in the City during the Season of Lent.

    This year in early brainstorming sessions, the students wanted to increase the number of care packages and provide warm nighttime items which travel easily. This was the genesis of “A Bag to Warm the Heart”. After fundraising efforts and very generous donations, Saint Catherine of Siena School was excited to present 144 bags filled with a warm blanket, mittens, hats, flashlights, snacks, and a Teddy Bear. The bag allows room for caring personal items and clothing.In addition, every student at Saint Catherine School wrote and included a note of encouragement for their unknown friend. 

WMUR TV was present for the assembly. It appears that it will air this weekend.




KIDS CARING for KIDS 2015

Article in the Union Leader

On Monday, March 16, 2015, the students presented 100 care packages to the Superintendent of the Manchester School District. Dr. Livingston accepted these gifts on behalf of the children who will receive them. There are over 800 children in the school district who are identified as displaced or homeless. The number is staggering, but hope in the form of a little boy calls each one of us to do our part.

After helping his mother face, fight, and beat breast cancer… and while experiencing love and support from his school community, John (age 10) wanted to pay it forward. He knew that his classmates at Saint Catherine of Siena School would help. John pitched his story to the principal and two other staff members. The three were overwhelmed by the simple extension of his love for his mother, his appreciation for his school community, and his desire to serve children less fortunate. With the support of grant funds and private donations, John and his peers assembled 100 care packages for displaced and homeless elementary school students in the city of Manchester.

The care package is a bit of home for those who receive them. Inside is a personal note from a student at Saint Catherine of Siena School. Additionally, the package includes a dental and hygiene kit, children’s books, a teddy bear, friendship bracelet, jump rope, bubbles, safety flashers, Grab & Go coloring book, crayons, and stickers, a toy, and a make-your-own You’re a Star Frame Kit. In addition, twenty travel blankets and pillows were given to be distributed on a need basis.

The school commits itself to the KIDS Caring for KIDS project. The students will continue to provide pen pal letters, good wishes, and care packages. Jesus announces in Matthew 25:40, “Whatsoever you do to the least of my people THAT you do to me…” Our call is to do GOOD, and we challenge you to imitate the good these children do.

God Bless,
Mrs. Bergeron