West Chester, PA: The seventh grade students of Saint Agnes School (Chester County) worked together making pillowcases for ConKerr Cancer, whose mission is to give “sick kids a reason to smile…one pillowcase at a time.” The organization was started in 2002 when founder Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer. This is the fourth year that St. Agnes students have taken on this service project.
Seventh grade teacher Jennifer Charney, along with other parent and student volunteers purchase the fabric. Then the students work together cut the fabric and design and assemble the cases. For some students this is their first time sewing and ironing, so it is a learning experience as well as a service project. “It’s really fun because we get to work together and create our own designs,” said Nicole Basile, a seventh grader at St. Agnes.
“We do service because in seventh grade in Religion, it’s the life of Jesus,” said Jennifer Charney, a seventh grade teacher at St. Agnes. “I try to incorporate hands on projects and we look for charitable acts within the community.”
ConKerr Cancer, which has delivered more than 990,000 pillowcases to 250 hospitals throughout the country, will be getting 65 more from St. Agnes school this year.
“It feels really good,” Basile said. “I feel something as small as this can really help someone. It really is nice.”
About Saint Agnes School
Saint Agnes Elementary School in West Chester, Pennsylvania opens its doors daily to provide a nurturing, affirming environment for over 300 students, pre-kindergarten through grade eight.
Saint Agnes School is an exceptional place of learning; an outstanding staff of faith-filled, dedicated professionals and parents collaborate in the learning process that integrates the religious formation program with sound intellectual preparation in the academic areas of the curriculum. The vision of the principal and school staff is that of a peace-filled school community in which both students and staff treat one another with care and respect.
The mission of Saint Agnes School is to develop every student spiritually, intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially in a joyful, faith-based environment that inspires integrity, citizenship, leadership and service to others in the Church and in the world.
An integral part of the parish since 1871, Saint Agnes Catholic School is fully committed to being a school for the twenty-first century. The deep roots and fertile ground tilled during the past one hundred forty years catapult the school and its members forward to continue to be a school of excellence in the service of God and His Church.