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Scott students embrace spirit of Thanksgiving with donation

Randy Jarosz | For Trib Total Media
Sharon Gamble of Scott helps her grandson Reed Russell, 3, of Green Tree pick out a snack from the Saints Simon and Jude early childhood education thanksgiving dessert table.
Randy Jarosz | For Trib Total Media
Tino Palumbo 4, of Scott tries a cookie from the Saints Simon and Jude early childhood education thanksgiving dessert table.
Randy Jarosz | For Trib Total Media
Hallie Morrison, 3, of Scott tries a cookie from the Saints Simon and Jude early childhood education thanksgiving dessert table.

There was a lot to be thankful for inside SS. Simon and Jude Roman Catholic Church in Scott last Thursday morning.

As part of a Thanksgiving celebration, students made the trek from the Early Childhood Center to present items for the church’s food bank.

Students walked single-file to the altar, holding up boxes of macaroni and cheese, jars of peanut butter, and cans of soup.

Following a blessing and prayer service, children, family and friends enjoyed a dessert reception of cookies and pumpkin pie.

This is the fifth year of SS. Simon and Jude’s Early Childhood Center. Teacher Maureen Torcasi, 63, said the program is thriving and at full capacity. The school has 132 students ages 1 to 5 years old.

The Thanksgiving donation was a culmination of activities in the classroom, Torcasi said.

“We’ve been talking to them for the last two weeks about giving and being thankful for what we have and being able to help other people who aren’t as lucky as we are and provide some food for them for the holidays.”

Important lessons are learned through the exercise, she said.

“We always tell them you might see somebody you think has everything they need but they may not be as lucky as you,” Torcasi said.

Scott said the church’s food bank serves from 10 to 40 families. Students will visit there this week to see where their donations are stocked.

“That’s one of the things, so they can really see where their food went. That’s so important for little kids, because they can think about it but until they actually feel it, touch it, see it, hear it, it doesn’t mean anything,” Torcasi said.

Sister Jeanne Scott, 83, recalls when the church’s elementary school closed five years ago, Torcasi asked if she would teach religion in the new Early Childhood Center.

“I started to cry,” Scott said. “Because that was the desire of my heart, always to teach.”

She said it’s essential for students to learn there are others who don’t share in their blessings.

“That’s what we’re trying to teach, even as little as they are, that it’s the other person beside us or around the corner who needs something that God is asking us to give them or to do for them.”

David Mayernik Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media.

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