Saint Simon students participate in Operation Rice Bowl during Lent

As part of this year's Jubilee Year of Mercy, Saint Simon Parish School students are participating in Catholic Relief Services’ Operation Rice Bowl program – the largest and oldest Lenten program practiced by Catholics in the United States. Operation Rice Bowl offers a way for individuals and families to use their Lenten sacrifice to alleviate hunger caused by poverty, and to improve the lives of others in developing countries as well as their own communities.

Students have been engaged in a wide range of events and experiences to learn more about feeding the hungry, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy. On Monday, February 22nd, Catholic Relief Services speaker Thomas Awiapo spoke at a school-wide assembly to share how CRS programs in Africa helped him survive poverty and hunger as a child, and how Operation Rice Bowl continues its work today; eighth grade students created presentations about CRS-featured countries and delivered their presentations to other grades; and first grade students baked homemade treats to be sold during recess to raise funds for their Rice Bowls.  To learn more about Operation Rice Bowl, go to  Read more in the April 8, 2016 edition of The Valley Catholic Online.

Photo: First grade students with some of their homemade treats for the Lenten Bake Sale