LH Catholic students send supplies to Uganda

LOCK HAVEN — Lock Haven Catholic School held its second annual Middle School Retreat on Nov. 4-5, with 23 of the middle school students attending the overnight event that included spiritual reflection, team building activities, service projects and fasting from food and electronics.

Scriptural readings and reflection focused on making decisions and serving others. The students had fun participating in games that included “Human Hungry, Hungry Hippos,” “Mission Impossible” and “Educate a Village.”

The focus of the service project this year was for children in Uganda. The middle school students collected money through sponsorships for the retreat. With the help of a Thrivent Financial Action Team, 24 backpacks and school supplies were purchased. LHCS students filled the backpacks for students in Uganda who will be attending a school that will be opening in 2017. A check for $348 will also be sent to help the new school in Uganda.

Another component of the service project was tracing shoe patterns onto old jeans and then cutting out the pieces. The pieces will be sent to Sole Hope in Uganda in order for them to make shoes for children. Over 35 pairs of shoes were cut during the retreat. The students wanted to continue the project for another week, so during their morning time at school this past week, they cut out another 154 pairs of shoes.

The retreat ended Saturday around noon, when family members arrived with dishes of food to share in order for the students to break their fast. During the meal, students were able to share their experience with their families.