Students at North Carolina School Living Franciscan Values

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Students at Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, North Carolina, are living the Franciscan values of caring for all creation and the environment. Students and parents took to the streets last month, reports Robyn Soffera, Director of Advancement at Immaculata, to pick up litter, mulch trees, and deliver potted flowers to their neighbors. The school is associated with Immaculate Conception Parish, long-served by HNP friars, including the current fraternity of Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, pastor, Hugh Macsherry, OFM, Salim Joseph, OFM, and Gonzalo Torres, OFM.

The clean-up/beautification effort was part of Durham’s “Creek Week,” sponsored by the local organization, Keep Durham Beautiful, which collaborates with communities, businesses and institutions to be stewards of the environment. The event concluded Immaculata’s two-week kindness-focused fundraiser for its annual Springtime effort called “Phil’s Challenge” – which Ms. Soffera said is traditionally a fitness-oriented event. “This year, we decided to flex our ‘kindness’ muscles. We have been disconnected from each other for two years, [so] we used this time to re-introduce our buddy system, matching older students with younger students to read together and complete service projects,” she explained, noting that students and parents participated in other initiatives, including the installation of a campus rain garden and letter-writing to elderly local residents.

“We take much pride in the achievements of our students at Immaculata, and how these young people are shining examples of Franciscan values and living the Gospel message of caring for all people and God’s creation,” said Jacek.