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placeholder October 6, 2014   •   VOL. 52, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Elementary Schools Information Guide

Fifth-grade pupils ask administrative assistant Cathy Marron to mail their letters to the principals of Porterville and Granite Hills high schools. From left are, Mauricio Ramirez, Monolo Boscocho, Max Vo, Cathy Marron, Catherine Almogela and Giselle Bechwati.
Courtesy photo

St. Joseph Fremont students look
at the drought, social teaching

The California drought led the fifth-grade class at St. Joseph School in Fremont into a discussion about the Catholic social principle, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.

Their teacher, Sheila Flanagan shared a story with her students she had heard in the news. The pupils learned that in Porterville, in the Central Valley, poorer people and many migrant workers have literally no water when they turn on their faucets in their homes, because their wells are shallow and the aquifer is dry.

Students began brainstorming how they could make a difference and be of help. Their ideas included writing letters to ask the two high school principals in Porterville to open their gym showers to those families with no water. Pupils stated in their letters that Jesus would want these families to be able to maintain their dignity and have a healthy lifestyle. One pupil wrote, "These are our brothers because they are part of the human family. It is our responsibility to give them their rights."

 
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