Students Celebrate 100 Days of School By Supporting Local Children in Need

Pre-K4 and 1st grade classes teamed up to collect items for Kids' Meals, a program that serves preschool-aged children.

Lower School students put a special Sacred Heart twist on the traditional "100 Days of School" celebration by using the moment as a catalyst to collect 100 donation items for a local charity. The collection supported Kids' Meals, a local Meals on Wheels program that serves preschool-aged children in Houston who have limited or unreliable access to food.

After learning that Kids' Meals was in desperate need of juice boxes to include in the lunches they deliver daily to thousands of hungry children, Duchesne's Lower School teachers jumped into action. Using the 100 Days festivities as a backdrop, the classes pledged to collect 100 packages of juice boxes to donate. The collection exceeded the 100 package pledge and the girls collected 138 packages in total—that's 1,380 boxes of juice!

"Collecting donation items to celebrate 100 Days helps students apply their learning to real world situations that are relevant," said Lauren McEvoy, Pre-K4 teacher. "Many times it is hard for students to think outside of themselves and their world, but participating helps them relate and empathize in a big way. From carrying the item into school to tracking our progress throughout the week, their sense of accomplishment is evident throughout the process."

Duchesne Academy has been utilizing the 100 Days celebration as a framework for charitable donations for several years now. In previous years, the girls collected cereal for a local food pantry and boxes of diapers for a women's shelter. Each year, a different charity is selected based on community needs.

"Our 100 Days activity of collecting donation items provides a meaningful way for Duchesne's youngest students to live out Goal III, which calls us to 'educate to a social awareness which impels to action.'" said Ginger Montalbano, Head of Lower School.