Diocesan News

Project raises funds for Franciscan Sisters

PLATTSMOUTH (SNR) – The student council of St. John the Baptist School in Plattsmouth revealed the total raised during the school’s annual Lenten project at an-all school assembly May 1.

This year the school’s Lenten project, sponsored by the student council, will support the Franciscan Sisters and their development of a new motherhouse and retreat center in Nebraska City. Sister Kathleen Kilp and Sister Cynthia Young joined the teachers, students and staff in the audience to hear the results.

Student council members lined up in the center of the gym and, one by one, flipped over cards with numbers to reveal the total amount raised. As the last card was flipped over, confetti began filling the air as the final amount was revealed on the cards.

A total of $2,837.05 was raised for the project through activities the students participated in over a five-week timeframe. Activities included “Classroom Penny Wars” and a school “Breakfast Cart.” These activities raised a total of $1,418. Additional funds were collected through a matching gift made by parishioners and supporters of the school.

The student council was pleased with the participation from students and the project’s results. To close the celebration, Sister Kathleen spoke, offering thanks for the kindness and generous support of the Franciscan Sisters.  

“It’s important to teach our students about serving others and loving others as Christ loves us,” said Sandy Rhoades, student council sponsor and seventh-grade teacher. “The student body and families have been very generous in supporting the projects.”

Throughout the year, the student council at St. John the Baptist organizes several service projects and fundraisers for the school. At Thanksgiving, students and families collected canned food to support the Happy Heart Kitchen in Plattsmouth and the Cass County SENCA. During Advent, they collected hygiene items and peanut butter and jelly for the Cass County SENCA. Each Advent, the student council also sponsors a Christmas store and bake sale at the school. Proceeds from both of these efforts benefited Father BalaRaju Marneni’s school and orphanage in India.

The school’s Big Reveal” video is available online at https://youtu.be/8xhCbzulQ-E.

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