Several recent fundraisers for the St. Joseph Catholic School community in Palm Bay brought the school and parish communities together to enjoy one another and help their parish school during the Christmas season.
On Nov. 29, many turned out for Barnes and Noble Night at the local bookstore. Sophia, an eighth grade student who attended stated, “I went to support my school and be with my friends and family.” There was plenty to see and do! Students drank hot chocolate with each other as parents shopped with friends for Christmas gifts. Fully dressed in character, Father Jeremiah Payne, parochial administrator of St. Joseph Parish, read “Polar Express” to all of the younger children, continuing the Christmas theme of the evening. A percentage of the proceeds went to the school.
To raise funds for the Pep Squad at St. Joseph’s, the team held a Spirit Night at Jersey Mike’s sandwich shop. Team coaches Ms. Zinati and Ms. Shields posed in a frame at the door and teachers brought their families for dinner. Jersey Mike’s Night offers a way for everyone from the St. Joseph Catholic School and Church to come together as a whole to benefit the entire community. St. Joseph’s sets an example of this through their faith—not only on Jersey Mike’s Night, but every day. One member of the Pep Squad, fifth-grader Caile, exclaimed that her favorite part of the fundraiser was when her team would “do a cheer every time people gave us a tip!”
Father Payne came out to the event to show support. His positive influence is great example to students, showing them how to come together as a community.
The final fundraiser was a Pancake Breakfast held Dec. 10 by the Knights of Columbus at the Parish Center after the morning Masses. A Santa Shop also was available for Christmas shopping. Mrs. Claudia Stokes, the principal of Saint Joseph Catholic School, commented, “It is nice to have the opportunity to work together in different activities with those who are interested in participating.” The Santa Shop was also held during Faith Formation class time fro parents who wanted to get ahead in their holiday shopping.
This article was written by Sophia, Elizabeth and Mason, students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Palm Bay.