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Class of the Week Winner: May 8

By Jeannie Prescott

Wake Up Wisconsin (WAOW)--This week's Class of the Week winners are the 9th Grade religious education students at St. Therese Church.            

The theme of the 9th grade religious education program is "social justice through the community and the world."            

These students have been setting an example of giving back to the community through a long list of projects. They work hard right in their own community and reach out to charities around the country.

One major undertaking was the 2009 9th Grade Lenten Soup Suppers the students put on. The students brought in bakery items and made the soup on five different nights, using the church's dinning hall. The whole community was invited to come and enjoy; and donate if they could. Five soups suppers later and the students raised more than $1,000. The kids were able to pick what charities they felt most worthy this year and they decided to split the money between the Ronald McDonald House, St. Vincent de Paul Society,  St. Jude's Children's Hospital, Operation Rice Bowl and the Salvation Army.            

The students also visited the Aspirus Pleasant View Nursing Home to play bingo with the residents.  

They visited the Heritage House twice; once before Christmas to make wreaths and once this spring where they decorated and ate flower bouquet cookies with the residents.            

The teacher says the kids donate a lot of their time and energy into helping others and help out far beyond teachers' expectations.            

Before the holidays, the students helped to help gather food for those less fortunate in the community. They were given a list of 30 items and participated in a scavenger hunt, where they went door to door through the community to collected food items for the local pantry.

This is a perfect example of a great group of students making a difference in their community and beyond.            

If you would like your school to be on Wake Up Wisconsin be sure to email us at with all your nominations.            

Every Friday at 6:30 on Wakeup...we recognize a different school for their accomplishments.

Online Reporter: Jeannie Prescott

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