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placeholder January 20, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA

A benefactor donated $10,000 to St. Elizabeth School so all pupils could have warm jackets with their school logo.
 
Special delivery from Three Kings
at St. Elizabeth Elementary School

The Three Kings made a very special stop at St. Elizabeth Elementary School, delivering 331 warm jackets — one for each pupil, from transitional kindergarten to eighth grade.

The warm blue fleece jackets feature the logo for the school's learning expectations, indicating the pupils strive to be lifelong learners, effective communicators and spiritually aware. Staff members wrote each pupil's name inside each of the jackets, which were delivered to the pupils in their classrooms when they returned to school Jan. 6 after Christmas vacation.

"Where's your jacket?" Sister Kathleen McAvoy, OP, asked some of her pupils last fall as temperatures dipped.

"They put down their heads," she said. "They had no jackets."

The principal approached one of the school's benefactors and asked for the $10,000 donation. She called a vendor who has worked with her in the past, Blank Stitches in Fremont, and secured the bright blue fleece jackets.

Without being told why, the pupils were measured for the jackets before Christmas vacation.

About 10 of the school's more than 300 pupils owned the school jacket, which had been purchased by their parents. Those children now have two. Everybody got a new one. "Equality," said Sister Kathleen.

With the 331 pupils clad in jackets ranging from extra small youth to adult extra large, the community gathered in the gymnasium — little ones in the front, middle-schoolers at the top of the bleachers — for a group picture and a blessing from their principal.

"How did the Three Kings manage?" she asked the gathered pupils. "They had help from a very special man. He is so humble he won't even let me tell you his name. He wanted each and every one of you warm during this cold season."

She asked the pupils to join her in praying for the benefactor and praying that they, too, might become generous people.

As the pupils sat patiently, hands folded, jackets zipped, for the photo session, she offered some additional words of wisdom: Take care of your jacket; say a little prayer for the benefactor each time you put the jacket on; wash it in cold water, and "no bleach."

 
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