Lemont, IL (PRWEB) March 29, 2013
Everest Academy Preschool students collected and wrapped baby blankets this month for mothers and babies who are in need of help. The Preschoolers were joined by their 5th and 6th grade "big brothers and sisters” as one of the monthly service endeavors at Everest. “This was a special project for our 3 and 4 year olds,” observed Mrs. Mary Ann DeBiase, a preschool teacher at Everest. “They look forward to giving these blankets to babies who need them.”
“It was a great experience for the Middle School students to work with our Preschoolers on this service project,” exclaimed Ms. Molly Maher, Dean of Students. Before the blanket collection and wrapping day each student received a paper baby bottle on which they wrote a note to the new mothers. “Many of the notes were very beautiful,” commented Kate Jamicky, Formation Instructor at Everest who helped coordinate the project. “These little ones were congratulating the new mothers, expressing the gift that a new life always is. Writing the notes helped the students open their eyes to the lives of other people.”
“The baby blanket project was also an experience of leadership and responsibility for the Middle School students since they were paired up with a Preschool student,” claimed Ms. Jamicky, a Consecrated Woman of the Regnum Christi Movement who works at the school. “Together the pair wrapped their baby blanket and then colored a worksheet afterwards. Overall the project was an experience of generosity and gratitude, helping the children realize the gifts that they have in their own families as well as experiencing the joy of helping others. Their parents are the generous providers for the blanket collection and that is the first step in learning about helping others, seeing their parents share their gifts and participate in the distribution.”
The blankets were delivered by a parent and child team to Woman’s Choice Services in Lombard. The organization was founded to provide counseling for women to make healthy choices for themselves and their children, many who are single mothers. It also oversees Project Gabriel that prays for the women daily and listens to any concerns they have.
The Everest Academy school curriculum includes monthly service projects that include outreach to those in need. This is a key area of character formation that helps the students learn to find solutions and to see the to the well being of others. Everest is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from preschool through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. If you would like to learn more about Everest Academy’s unique approach to education, please contact Coleen Mast at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.