Special to the EagleHerald
Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy elementary students holding pajamas that were donated to foster children.
Special to the EagleHerald

Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy elementary students holding pajamas that were donated to foster children.

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MARINETTE — Students at Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy (STAA) have been hard at work this past month, doing their part in spreading holiday cheer throughout the community.

The elementary campus focused on remembering others as they prepared their hearts for Christmas by planning something special each week. The first week they teamed up with Scholastic to help over 50 children in foster care. Students brought in new pairs of pajamas, for each pair brought in, Scholastic donated a book to go along with it. For week two, students adopted three children from the St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Angel Tree. The third week students wrote special Christmas messages on cards for SVdP, to be delivered with food baskets for families on Christmas. They also spent an hour each day, for four days after school ringing bells at Lee’s Family Foods to collect money for The Salvation Army.

The middle and high school campus were also working. Students adopted and provided gifts for multiple children from the angel tree at SVdP. High school student council sponsored and held a successful Red Cross blood drive. Middle schoolers held a penny war throughout the month, raising over $100 to donate to the Cross Catholic Scholarship Outreach Program. Middle school students also spent time making Christmas cards and sent them along with a gift card to a community member who is currently receiving cancer treatment at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee.

“Our students and families really pulled through this holiday season to remember the true meaning of Christmas — sharing God’s love,” said Brandie Gromala, development coordinator. “These students continuously impress me with their generosity and love for one another. They have great role models at home and at school, and it truly showed this holiday season.”

Editor’s note: Photographs taken of the STAA elementary students can be seen on our website, ehextra.com.