Ohio grade school sponsors children in 11 countriesStudents at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Toledo, Ohio, make a positive difference year-round through their support of kids across the globe. The students sponsor 14 children from 11 countries through Unbound. It’s an opportunity to learn the value of service and other important life lessons, said Jenna Shinaberry, a kindergarten teacher who started and coordinates the school’s sponsorship outreach. “It was a way to make the world a smaller place for them,” Shinaberry said. “Our understanding of poverty is minimal for a lot of our kids.” The hope is that students will take away three things:
- An understanding of what poverty is and how the Catholic faith calls them to respond
- The insight that people living in poverty are the same as them in many ways, though their challenges are different
- Real-life connections to academic goals such as letter writing, geography and cultures, and Catholic social justice concepts
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