Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Cataldo School students share through reading, community service

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 16, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Fifth graders from Cataldo School, Spokane, are helping other children while they help themselves this school year by participating in Scholastic Book Clubs’ ClassroomsCare program, a philanthropy-based literacy campaign designed to teach children about the joys and importance of reading and giving while encouraging them to read every day to lead better lives.

During December, each student is challenged to read 10 books. In turn, Scholastic Book Clubs will donate new books to disadvantaged children nationwide.

Through this year’s Class-roomsCare program, called “The United States of Reading,” participating classrooms are reading for charities in their home states. They can log onto the Class-roomsCare Web site to keep track of their progress along with their state’s progress. Students, teachers, and parents are invited to go onto the site to see how the reading is making a difference.

More than one million books will be distributed locally through three national charity partners whose shared mission is to help put books in the hands of the hardest to reach and neediest children.

Also during December, Cataldo students will celebrate Advent through a social service project in support of Catholic Charities’ Childbirth and Parenting Alone (CAPA) Program. Students and families will provide gifts, make ornaments, prepare art projects, provide entertainment, and serve for a Christmas party luncheon for the CAPA moms and their children.

Pre-school, second, fifth and sixth grade families will provide gifts for children. Kindergarten and first grade will make Christmas cards. Third grade will perform a song at the party. Fourth grade will make decorations for the tables. Fifth grade will help with craft tables for the kids. Seventh and eighth grade will decorate picture frames for the families. Seventh grade will serve the lunch, and sixth grade will help with set up and take down for the party.

Last year Cataldo received the Catholic Community Service Award in recognition of its support of the CAPA program.

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