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Fourth-grade students of St. Pius X School in Reynoldsburg, Ohio recently participated in events in their classroom and community that developed their empathy for the poor and taught them how to apply the Beatitudes.

Students were tasked with selecting one of three books for their book club assignments: The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson, The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher Paul Curtis, or Because of Anya by Margaret Peterson Haddix. These three books illustrate either the plight of the sick or the struggles of the poor. Concurrently, the students learned about the Beatitudes and how to respond to those who are in need.

On the morning of December 2, 2016, St. Pius X fourth graders, along with their teachers Mrs. Suzanne Mathys and Miss Abigail Shoemaker, applied what they had learned in class. Dressed in their Christmas headbands and Santa hats, they sang carols to the residents of Mother Angeline McCrory Manor. On the following Tuesday, December 6, the students organized themselves into an assembly line and made sandwiches to donate to the hungry.

This donation of their time and talent provided the kids with an opportunity to live out the Beatitudes, and to bring happiness and peace to the sick and poor.  The students were called to share the blessings that they have with those in need. Miss Shoemaker added, “[This helped] our own spirits grow in kindness and love”.


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