St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary Student Council has set a goal to provide an act of charity for each month of the school year. When Student Council advisor Sharon Machuga read about Sandy Hook Elementary PTO's project of turning their "new" school building into a winter wonderland, she brought the article to the Student Council representatives. Student Council representatives decided to have the entire SJIHM student body participate in making snowflakes to help Sandy Hook Elementary PTO accomplish their goal, and to show Sandy Hook students love and support from Austintown. All SJIHM students gave their recess time to cut snowflakes that would be sent to Sandy Hook.
Machuga said, "These snowflakes will be hung through out Sandy Hook's 'new' school, transforming it into a winter wonderland of love and support. They join other snowflakes from around our country in support of Sandy Hook's community."
So far this school year, the students have experienced different projects that showed an act of charity.
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Riley Burns shows off her snowflake with her teacher Sharon Machuga at St. Joseph Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Austintown. The students are making the snowflakes to turn Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut into a winter wonderland.
December's projects were the Student Council Giving Tree, where blankets, hats, mittens, and scarves were donated to the Youngstown Rescue Mission. and participation in Keep the Kids Warm Campaign through Catholic Charities.
November's project has students put together care packages for the troops. They made posters to create interest in donating small items to be shipped to military personnel and collected money to pay for the postage. One hundred fifty-three pounds of goodies collected enabled students to send 17 boxes to U.S. Troops overseas. Individual letters of thanks were placed in each box. In keeping with the Thanksgiving season, November also saw a food drive sponsored by Student Council for the St. Vincent DePaul Society.
In October, it was "First Step for Change." Student Council placed baby bottles in each classroom and asked students to place their loose change in the bottle. "The money collected will help mothers to purchase food, formula, diapers and other essential items to raise healthy babies," said Student Council President Patrick Thomas.
Student Council also has projects to increase awareness in area of cancer research and support. A Jeans Day was held where students and staff paid $1 to wear jeans for the day. The money raised was donated to Stand Up For Cancer. In honor of a student alumnus who had leukemia, the Student Council promotes participation in "Pennies for Pasta," an organization raising money for leukemia research, in which the school has participated for the past 12 years.