PIQUA — Although they are young, students at the Center for Early Learning observed the power of giving and kindness, as a result of Pope Francis visiting the U.S. last week.
Students donated packaged food and clothing items to the Bethany Center this week in honor of Pope Francis’ U.S. visit. Erin Grant, director at the learning center, wanted students to do a project to help them to better understand the significance of the Pope and giving.
“At this age, it’s hard to grasp political concepts,” Grant said. “It’s about sending out the simple message to be kind and helpful.”
Pope Francis, known for advocating charities and most recently, taking time to meet the homeless at Catholic charities in Washington, D.C. last week, was seen as a role model to the students, who learned the importance of leaders, such as the Pope, in their generation.
“It’s important for (students) to know what is going on in their generation,” Grant said. “(The Pope’s) message is such a humble message … to be progressive, to help people in your country …”
A student brought in a pack of mittens while some brought in bags full of packaged food. Altogether, the students donated an estimated two 10” x 8” boxes of goods for charity. By donating, they also gained personal experience in what it is like to selflessly give.
“It’s not hard for them to do something nice for others, but it was a physical activity to practice (giving),” Grant said. “They seem to really get it.”
Grant also oversees St. Patrick School in Troy and mentioned that they had a project to donate to a food pantry in Troy. One of the students saw Pope Francis when he visited in Philadelphia last week. Grant said that student’s experience helped others learn the importance of Pope Francis and giving as well.
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