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Elementary Schools Information Guide

Young cantor sings
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A world of electives
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Berkeley principal receives
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Schools helping out

School children pitch
in to raise funds to
aid disaster victims

St. Paul School
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Sister Marjorie
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placeholder October 9, 2017   •   VOL. 55, NO. 17   •   Oakland, CA
Elementary Schools Information Guide

At left, Will Watson and Ryan Seto.
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Schools helping out

Two Fourth Graders launch schoolwide effort

CONCORD — A pair of Fourth Grade pupils at St. Francis of Assisi School took it upon themselves to lead a schoolwide effort to help victims of hurricanes that have recently battered the United States from Texas to Florida, to Puerto Rico and other U.S. Territories.

Ryan Seto, 10 son of Ryan and Pam Seto of Brentwood, was the brainchild of the idea. And, with the help of his friend Will Watson, 9, son of Brad and Kristi Watson of Concord, who decorated a collection box, their fundraising effort really took off.

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The boys approached their Fourth Grade teacher, Stephanie Marcinkowski and Principal Patti Calton for their blessing about the idea, and their rousing response was more than matched by their peers.

Since the effort kicked off Sept. 5, the duo has raised more than $500. The drive ended Oct. 5 and they were optimistic that hefty weight of their shoe box would continue to increase as final donations of all amounts were tallied.

"I am so proud of the kindness and compassion these two young men, along with the rest of the St. Francis community, have shown to give back to others in need,'' said Marcinkowski. "We are choosing to focus on the virtue of kindness as a school and I could not think of a more perfect example.''

"It brings me such joy as a teacher to know that our students are becoming faith-filled people and thinking about others before themselves,'' she added.

Will recalled the news that he and his family were hearing and seeing about Irma and Harvey, and it just made him want to collect money to the help them.

"I saw a lot on the news and it was terrifying,'' he added.

As part of the effort, the boys visited some classrooms to make an in-person pitch to students, and also were given air time during the school's daily morning announcements to further promote their cause.

The boys entered with expectations of maybe a couple of hundred dollars for the entire drive, but to their shared surprise that had already reached that goal in just opening weeks of the drive.

"I was surprised by the school's response,'' Ryan said with a big smile.

Asked what they hoped other young people can take from their experience, the boys agreed, "Be confident in yourself, and you can overcome anything."

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