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Cataldo students share message of peace with Air Force serviceman in Afghanistan

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 17, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

First graders at Cataldo School, Spokane, created a peace banner which they sent to their teacher’s cousin, Lucas Ferrari, serving in Afghanistan. Ferrari sent the class a photo (below) of the banner displayed on his helicopter. (IR photos courtesy of Cataldo School)

First graders at Cataldo School, Spokane, sent messages of peace and support to Airmen and women serving in Afghanistan this Veteran’s Day. Brynn Zener’s students created a peace poster and mailed it to her cousin, Airman Lucas Ferrari, who is serving in that war-torn country. The blue sign carried messages including, “We are praying for you” from Tom Raske and “God bless you” from Emma Maxwell.

The peace banner was the result of a lesson on the Beatitudes: “blessed are the peacemakers.”

“We talked about peacemakers at home, at school and in the world,” Zener said. “That led to the war in Iraq and my cousin,” Ferrari, an Air Force para-rescueman who is part of a team that recovers downed and injured Americans in Afghanistan.

Ferrari sent the students photos of their banner displayed on his Air Force Helicopter and a note thanking them for their thoughts and prayers.

Zener says her students have not forgotten about Ferrari after their lesson. The first graders continue to offer special intentions for him during morning prayer.


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