Saint Simon students support Annual Layette Appeal

Service takes place in many forms at Saint Simon Parish School.  With a focus on caring for the environment; caring for the hungry and those living in poverty; and caring for the homeless, Saint Simon Parish School students participate in brief, hands-on, and frequent classroom-based service learning activities throughout the year via school"families".  School families consist of groups of students across grades, and are designed to provide an inclusive and structured way for participants to interact outside of the classroom. In addition, school families offer opportunities to have fun, create connections, and provide ways to practice problem solving and teamwork skills.

Every October, Saint Simon Parish participates in the Diocese of San Jose's Layette Program. Started in 1955, the Layette Program brings together over 30 parishes and Catholic organizations who collect donations of new baby clothing in newborn sizes 0 to 6 months, in addition to cash donations.  Items are distributed to families in need by public health nurses at hospitals throughout Santa Clara County.

During the school's October service learning activity, school families cut and tied 116 fleece blankets. These blankets will be added to the parish's donations of handmade quilts and receiving blankets, clothing items, cash donations, and a donated gift basket to benefit the Layette Committee's High Tea, scheduled for Sunday, December 6 from 3-4:30pm at Holy Family Parish, 4848 Pearl Avenue in San Jose.  The High Tea features speakers, entertainment, and a number of raffle baskets to help provide further funding for the Layette Ministry. For more information about this year's High Tea, go to
or contact Layette Committee Director Eileen McMahon at (408) 978-5298.

If you are interested in making a donation at Saint Simon for the upcoming Layette High Tea, see for a list of items that are still needed.