This Lent the students of St. Pius Elementary answered the call of one of their own, 5th grader Victoria Ladd, who challenged them to step up and fulfill the part of our mission which speaks of "living the Catholic Faith as leaderers in ministry and service." Victoria addressed the SPES administration, faculty and staff after the Catholic Schools Week Mass and proposed a project that would provide housing for "Food for the Poor," a mission that serves the indigent in Latin America.

The challenge Victoria made was to her peers ... "I thought if I worked to do odd jobs, I could raise a little bit of money. And if ALL St. Pius students do the same we could raise A LOT OF MONEY. If each of us worked to raise $5 during Lent, that would be enough to build one house in Honduras. That's easy! What if each of us worked to raise $20 during Lent?"

Victoria went on to explain that, because of pledged matching gifts, for each house funded there will be matching gifts to build three additional houses! THIS WEEK IS THE FINAL WEEK FOR OUR "SHELTER THE SHEEP" LENTEN PROJECT. To say we have been overwhelmed by the wide-spread efforts and support by our students would be an understatement. As of last Friday, over $1800 has been contributed by our students who have worked this Lent to be able to help those in need.

If YOU would like to "Shelter the Sheep," by making a contribution yourself ... whether it is coffee money, a couple of dollars you would use for that mid-afternoon snack or even the coins that collect underneath the seats of your car, please join Victoria and her SPES friends as they not only learn but help to teach us that there is no greater joy than "bringing the presence of Christ to others."