2018 Catholic Schools Day of Service

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Catholic Schools Day of Service sees kids helping sick kids feel loved

GIVING HEARTS • Students representing Catholic schools across the Dicoese gathered in front of the diocesan Chancery April 30 after a news conference and blessing by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., of items, cash and gift cards collected for sick children in area hospitals. Photo courtesy of Craig Pittelli

by EmmaLee Italia | Correspondent

Thanks to the combined efforts of the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton, children being treated in area hospitals will know a little more comfort and peace.

“It wasn’t an assignment to us – it was something we wanted to do,” said Alex Feuer, eighth-grader in St. Veronica School, Howell, one of thousands of students to take part in the annual diocesan Catholic Schools Day of Service campaign.

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Students across Diocese all smiles on annual Day of Service

PACKAGING JOY • Students in St. Joan of Arc School, Marlton, enjoy packing items for the April 27 Day of Service. Joe Moore photo

From Staff Reports

The Diocese’s 31 Catholic elementary schools were abuzz with excitement April 27 as its students filled bags with toys, books, puzzles, snacks and more as part of the annual Day of Service.

This year, schools were dedicated to a single service project – “Hearts to Hospitals: Hearts to Lead – Hands to Help,” collecting over the past month items for sick children, their families and caregivers in about a dozen hospitals spanning Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties. As of April 27, the schools had collected more than 6,000 items and at least $3,000 with an additional $3,000 in gift cards.

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St. Benedict School third-grader designs logo for diocesan Day of Service

BUDDING ARTIST • Kayla Tarniowy, a third grader in St. Benedict School, Holmdel, stands with Judy Nicastro, diocesan director of school services/school data management, after she was told her drawing had been selected as the official logo for the 2018 Day of Service. Courtesy photo

By Dorothy K. LaMantia | Correspondent

Kayla Tarniowy, a third-grade student at St. Benedict School, Holmdel, was delighted when she learned her original drawing was chosen as the official logo of the 2018 Day of Service for all elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton.

“I am so happy because it’s going to be on everything – bags and T-shirts,” said Kayla, who was awarded a certificate March 23 by Judy Nicastro, diocesan director of school services/school data management.

Kayla’s design – a red heart containing a black and white drawing of a hospital and the smiling faces of a girl and a boy – was singled out from the 539 entries submitted by students in grades two through eight from 14 schools in the Diocese.  It will be featured on anything associated with the Day of Service campaign, from local fundraising T-shirts and gift bags to posters, fliers and the like.

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Collection underway in Catholic schools to help hospitalized children and their families

MEANINGFUL LOGO • This drawing of children’s faces in a hospital by Kayla Tarniowy of St. Benedict School, Holmdel, is the logo for this year’s Day of Service.

From Staff Reports

On any given day, in just about every Catholic school, students are involved in the effort to help others. From raising funds for worthy non-profits, to visiting nursing homes and stocking food pantries, there is no limit to the many acts of charity and kindness that are undertaken as part of the Catholic school experience.

But over the next few weeks, the 31 Catholic elementary schools in the Diocese of Trenton will be dedicating themselves to a single service project, and the beneficiaries will be sick children and their families in about a dozen hospitals spanning Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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