MOUNT VERNON — St. Vincent de Paul students and staff have been busy during this Advent season giving back to their community. The school, during the fall season, led two different food drives. Between the one held in September and the one in December, the students spent time in the classrooms learning about nutrition, menu planning and the need of the community. The faculty and staff believe that the service education piece motivated the 200 more students to collect over 900 food items and $900 for the Food for Hungry drive.
The school community also sponsored a dress down day and held a St. Nick Dinner Dec. 5 to raise funds and collect toys for Toys for Tots. They raised $384 and collected over 200 toys. The seventh-grade class plans to celebrate Christmas by helping at the Mount Vernon Fire Department Toy distribution on Dec. 20.
The students in first and sixth grades have also enjoyed the Advent season with the residents of Ohio Eastern Star by sharing their talents of song, friendship, and keyboarding. The students in grades three, four, five and six are using their keyboarding class to create song books to share with the residents. They have made two trips to OES; the first was for Veterans Day and recently it was in celebration of the upcoming Christmas season.
All the students at St. Vincent de Paul are actively engaged in Service Learning through the school’s curriculum.