by Heidi L. Everett
Superheroes showed their strength May 21 at St. Joseph Catholic School as they gathered to celebrate a successful fundraiser to benefit area food shelves.
Event coordinator and preschool teacher Cheri Burg said more than $600 was raised in addition to gathering boxes upon boxes of food items.
“Our school has the core values of caring deeply, sharing generously, serving willingly and speaking kindly,” Burg said. “This gives kids the chance to practice these values.”
Burg said the fundraiser also is educational. A different organization is selected each year, so kids learn about local needs.
“I don’t think kids know how many people are food insecure in our community,” she said.
“This year, students donated $5 to dress in a costume and also donated food to stock the shelves for summer,” said Tess Koltes, third-grade teacher.
The annual event also included what is typically part of a field day this year because of earlier COVID restrictions. At Superhero Day, game stations were set up throughout the schoolyard where students could test a variety of super powers. Among the 14 games were Super Words, Kryptonite Relay, Super Agility and others.
Their biggest superpowers – compassion and service – were shown outside of the games, though.