Sacred Heart of Jesus School carried out several “Dear Neighbor” service projects in April and May.
The annual Jump Rope for Hear campaign by the first- through fifth-graders brought in $5,047.68 for the American Heart Association, with first-grader Amelie Schmitt and fifth-grader Leslie Stevens recognized as the top donors. The school physical education department sponsored Jump Rope for Heart.
The Beta Club’s school wide bake sale on April 29 raised $1,102.81 for the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank’s Adopt-a-Senior program, feeding 11 senior citizens in the greater Baton Rouge area for a year. The donation was made in honor of retired fourth-grade teacher Lisa Perry, who began the bake sale as a fourth-grade service project three years before the Beta Club took over as sponsor.
Tigers in Action, an organization made up of eighth-graders, and the Baton Rouge franchise of Two Men and a Truck teamed up for the Movers for Mom program. About 150 essential care items were collected for mothers living in women’s and family shelters, with the items being donated to the shelters on or before Mother’s Day. Tigers in Action members partnered with prekindergartners for various school activities.
Students donated nonperishable food items and monetary donations for the Sacred Heart Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul during schoolwide Masses every week throughout the school year. Food is distributed on a weekly basis and monetary donations are totaled and presented at the end of the school year. This school year, $2,000 in donations was collected to assist those in need with living expenses, including utilities and rent.