The sixth-grade class at Assumption Catholic School, under the direction of teacher Maureen Travers, raised $1,025 for Operation Rice Bowl, an international organization that is committed to helping to create positive change around the world.
The class asked each student in the school to take home a paper rice bowl box and make a contribution during his/her dinner while thinking about others who are possibly not having dinner. The class also hosted a pasta dinner and raffle for the school and the community. The students wrote letters to local businesses and national sports teams to ask for donations for a raffle and all funds raised went directly to the organization. Billy’s Bakery, Luigi’s Bakery, The NHL and CollegeFourU were major contributors.
Operation Rice Rice Bowl, run by Catholic Relief Services, is an international organization which is trying to stamp out hunger and help families become self-sufficient. Some examples of what Operation Rice Bowl does are agricultural projects to help farmers improve their harvests, water and sanitation projects, micro-finance projects to help small businesses, mother and child health projects that offer health and nutrition services and educational projects that provide resources and training.
The families at Assumption Catholic School were so generous the evening of the dinner that the class was able to also donate five bags of bread and three trays of pasta to Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport as well as bread, utensils and napkins to Operation Hope in Fairfield.