Eighth-graders assemble Easter baskets


GIVING BACK: Students in St. John School's eighth-grade Faith in Action class are seen with the Easter baskets that they assembled for the parish's food pantry. (Credit: Jenae Smith)

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ENCINITAS — The eighth-grade Faith in Action class at St. John School held a service project to brighten the Easter season for the less fortunate.

The students led their school community in collecting chocolates, art supplies and more, which they then used to assemble more than 100 Easter baskets. The project culminated on March 25 at the St. John Food Pantry, where they helped to distribute the baskets.

In a letter to the Faith in Action class, the parish’s Food Pantry team expressed its appreciation.

“All of us who run the parish food pantry stand in awe of what you have done to bring the true joy of Easter to literally hundreds of people with the 100 baskets you made,” the team wrote.

The letter shared how one homeless woman who regularly patronizes the food pantry “had a smile wider than I’d ever seen before on her face” when she discovered that chocolate Easter bunnies were available.

“Everyone loved the variety in the baskets and being able to pick out the one that fit their children best,” the team wrote. “You took such care in putting them together — they were each a masterpiece that showed that someone really cares. And isn’t that what Jesus called all of us to do? To love like He does?”

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