LHCS to focus on compassion, patience, humility during school year

Teaching kindness

PHOTO PROVIDED Two Lock Haven Catholic School students beam next to a colorful drawing with the word “kindness” at its center.

LOCK HAVEN — Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

These are qualities the staff at Lock Haven Catholic School would like to instill in their students throughout the school year, using Colossians 3:12 to do so.

“Every year we try to do something different in order to have a school wide focus throughout the year,” Michele Alexander, LHCS principal, said.

Alexander said the school was unable to include a school-wide focus last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s lesson is based off of Colossians 3:12 which says: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”

PHOTO PROVIDED An example of some of the chalk drawings students at the school created on Tuesday.

Taking note of the state of the world today, Alexander said the staff came up with this focus to help combat the tension throughout the country and the world.

“It’s something that we’ve noticed in our community, the state, the country, the world. Tensions are high right now,” she said. “We feel that if we can start with the kids and really push the idea of what the Bible verse says … that will start spreading to their families and throughout the community.”

She added that the students repeat this verse each morning before school.

“It is a way to showcase the behavior we’re expecting throughout the day,” she said.

To kick off this year’s focus, students decorated the sidewalks in front of the school along Water Street, and Immaculate Conception Church across the street, on Tuesday morning with colorful drawings and positive sayings. Alexander said they chose Tuesday because it is celebrated as International Peace Day.

PHOTO PROVIDED Three students work on their drawings on Tuesday outside of Lock Haven Catholic School.

“It was very fun and a beautiful day to do it. We haven’t done something like that in forever so it was lovely to do something as a school community together,” she said.

Throughout the school year, students will take part in class activities to promote the lesson Colossians 3:12 teaches with the hopes to also do a few school wide activities if COVID-19 protocols allow.

“We’re still trying to keep our groups separate so this is our way of trying to do school wide activities but keep them separate,” she said about Tuesday’s activity. “We have to stick within our COVID protocols.”

LHCS also plans to incorporate community based fundraisers and activities in the future too.

“Nothing is definitive yet. We wait because a lot of what we like to do is make sure that we’re looking at some needs that might be in the community,” Alexander said. “We’re going to keep our eyes and ears open for opportunities that we can use to make a difference.”

So far, the event on Tuesday will serve as a kick off for the event and putting the message of positivity to the community, Alexander said.


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