Students at Pinecrest Academy celebrated Catholic Schools Week by giving back to the community.
From pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, students at the private school in south Forsyth spent last week collecting, creating and preparing for their big day Saturday.
“Each grade had a theme. One was women and children, one was the military, and they did something to serve that certain segment of the community,” said Vivian Heard, academy spokeswoman.
"If they delivered items Saturday, they were collecting them throughout the week.”
Heard said the 400 children in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade were encouraged to participate in the event, and most did.
Kindergarteners collected new and gently used clothing, which they delivered Saturday. First-graders spent the week preparing crafts for senior citizens and then on Saturday delivered their artwork to Dogwood Forest Assisted Living Community.
Students also created shoebox care packages for military personnel, worked with a food pantry, helped the Meals on Wheels program and collected sports equipment for foster children.
“We’re always trying to teach an attitude of service and caring for others,” Heard said. “It makes them think less of themselves and more of others, and by doing so, they also set examples for other students and other children.”