One of the foundational traits we’ve been trying to instill in our students is compassion for others. At the start of every Lent, students at LBS are encouraged to share what little money they have to help support the prisoners at the local Saint Marc prison.

This year, throughout Lent, teachers motivated their students to donate with the full support of their families. Every Monday, a teacher presented a progress report on how much money had been collected during the previous week.

With the money gathered from the students, a committee of teachers purchased basic hygiene items, at the suggestion of the prison officer, to offer to the 600 inmates. The Principal, a committee of teachers, and some of the 6th grade students gathered to help pack a kit for each prisoner that included items like toothpaste, soap, toilet paper, and detergent.

The kits were taken to the prison on Wednesday, April 17th. Though the students were not allowed inside the prison, the LBS administrator and some teachers were able to greet the prisoners and offer them words of comfort. The prisoners expressed their gratitude to the school and the children and asked God to bless them for their generosity.

We are in awe of our students and their willingness to give from their own poverty and show compassion to the less fortunate.

A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.

Amelia Earhart