1/18/2012 4:51:00 PM Blanchet students bring hope during holidays and all year long
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Blanchet juniors Amanda Maxwell, Karlee Collier and Rocquia Bashey — Friends of Benedictine Service Club members — visit with residents of the Benedictine Nursing Center in Mount Angel during Christmas party.
SALEM — “Bringing Hope” is the theme for the 2011-12 academic year at Blanchet Catholic School. Students, staff and families put the theme into action this Christmas season with an outpouring of generosity, support and volunteerism that enabled students to bring hope to hundreds of the school’s East Salem neighbors.
On Dec. 9, Blanchet hosted the East Lancaster Neighborhood Area Holiday Party and welcomed 500 neighbors who enjoyed a complimentary hot meal, warm clothing, stocking stuffers, books, Christmas trees, crafts and activities.
The party was a collaborative outreach effort of the East Lancaster Neighborhood Area Partnership which includes Blanchet, Swegle Elementary School, Salem Academy, Swegle Boys & Girls Club, A.C. Gilbert’s Discovery Village, Calvary Chapel, the City of Salem, the Christian Center of Salem, the Salem Police Department, Catholic Community Services, Mano a Mano, the Salem Leadership Foundation and several other partners.
The neighborhood party is just one of several service projects that students have carried off, beginning with a Day of Service in late September in which all 370 students donated an entire school day to assisting nearly 20 agencies in north Salem.
In addition to the traditional food, coat and book drives, Blanchet again partnered with the Salem Police Department to provide toys for 100 children in the East Salem area; freshmen religion classes provided Christmas gifts for the young mothers and babies served by the Father Taaffe Foundation; the sixth grade class raised funds to purchase a goat and chickens for World Vision and members of Blanchet’s Friends of Benedictine Service Club provided gifts and holiday cheer at a Christmas party held at Mount Angel’s Providence Benedictine Nursing Center.
“We are very blessed with a supportive and generous school community at Blanchet," said Charles Lee, president of Blanchet. "Service is an integral part of our mission and we are very proud of our students’ efforts to bring hope to our community.”
Blanchet Catholic School 4373 Market St. NE Salem, OR 97301 (503)391-2639 [email protected] www.blanchetcatholicschool.com Grades: 6-12 Enrollment 370 Tuition: Grade 6 ($5,570), Grades 7-8 ($6,535), Grades 9-12 ($7,450) Tuition assistance available Early application deadline for $100 discount on comprehensive fees – March 1 College prep academics, A.P. and honors courses, bi-weekly Mass, 18 Varsity and 10 mid-high sports, drama, choir, band, string and guitar ensemble. Information night: Thursday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. Open house: Sunday, May 6, 2 p.m.