Written by Sister Adrienne Wiseman, DRE, the School Teachers and REP Catechists of Our Lady of the Wayside Parish in Arlington Heights, IL
The mission statement of Our Lady of the Wayside School in Arlington Heights reads “…to provide a vital Catholic environment. Christian values, mutual respect and trust are emphasized for students, teachers and families in all programs and activities.
We encourage each student to recognize, develop, and share his or her God-given talents and gifts. Each student is taught to understand and live the Gospel message of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
On Thursday November 10th, the 6th and 7th graders of Our Lady of the Wayside School and Religious Education classes lived out that mission. We were able to fill the Little Sister’s van, thanks to an overwhelming response from a collection of food and other items for St. Joseph Home for the Elderly from October 11th – November 8th. These boys and girls and their families were most generous in contributing to this special drive. Our seventh graders worked hard to load the food and other items into the van that the Sisters and their driver brought. The Little Sisters were so grateful for the care and concern shown by the 6th and 7th graders. With close to 100 Residents to care for at St. Joseph’s Home, all of the items are very much needed to help replenish the Little Sisters’ pantry.
Due to the wonderful response we received from the students, we know how happy they were to be a part of this drive for and items for the Little Sisters of the Poor and Residents of St. Joseph’s Home for the Elderly.