During this Lenten season, students at Our Lady of Consolation's Early Education Center are learning the meaning of giving by taking part in monthly community service projects. Last week, they served parishioners at the church's annual Lenten Fish Fry.
According to Janice Dagney, director of the Early Education Center, the goal is to teach the children about serving and giving back to the community.
"During the last couple of months we've been trying to do community service projects with them," she said.
For example, during Catholic Schools Week, the students visited older parishioners in the church and read stories and sang songs with them.
The students - there are eight children in the kindergarten class - also have been collecting items to send to the troops overseas. Todd Moulder, whose mother is a parishioner at Our Lady of Consolation, is part of a unit that has been receiving the supplies. He visited the students last year to thank them for their support.
"He does seven months on, seven months off," said Dagney, of Moulder. Dagney also has a cousin who is serving and the children also collect supplies for his troop.
But, Dagney said she hoped to take the spirit of community giving past this Lenten holiday season.
"In the spring time, I'm hoping that maybe we'll go to a local park and do trash pick-up," she said.
Also helping serve at the Lenten Fish Fry last Friday evening at the Schneider Parish Center were members of the third grade CCD class.