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Elizabeth Gessesse, a Madeleine sixth grader, visits residents at Spring Ridge.
Madeleine School photo
Elizabeth Gessesse, a Madeleine sixth grader, visits residents at Spring Ridge.
At The Madeleine School, students participate in multiple service projects throughout the year, including weekly deliveries of homemade lunches to the Sack Lunch program at St. Michael the Archangel Church in downtown Portland.

During the Advent and Christmas season, students, teachers, and parents focus on the needs of others in the community. In early December, after Leigh Anne Schneider’s Kindergarten class read The Quiltmaker’s Gift by Jeff Brumbeau, the students talked about the theme of giving in the book and one boy commented that he would like to give a blanket to baby Jesus for Christmas. Inspired by that thought, Schneider and her class came up with the idea of collecting blankets for needy mothers with new babies. They invited all school families to help with their project, and collected 43 receiving blankets which they donated to the Mother & Child Education Center.

Rob Parker’s eighth grade class decided to turn their class Christmas party into an afternoon project stuffing stockings for local seniors. The students brought in toiletries, candy, and other treats, and filled more than 35 Christmas stockings to distribute through the Northwest Pilot Project which provides housing resources for at-risk seniors. And Madeleine School sixth graders, with their teacher Ann Hart, visited Spring Ridge Retirement Center to sing Christmas carols and socialize with residents.  

For the annual St. Vincent de Paul Food Box Drive, Madeleine parishioners, school families and students joined together to collect more than 3,000 pounds of food for Portland families in need. Parishioners and students went door-to-door in the Northeast Portland neighborhood to ask for non-perishable food donations. The volunteers then assembled the food into boxes and delivered them to St. Vincent de Paul on December 22nd so they could be distributed just in time for Christmas.