As a tradition at St. Agnes School in Avon, students celebrate Lent by earning money to donate to a good cause. For this year’s Lenten Drive, ‘Making a Difference One Step at a Time’, students earned quarters from their family (and sometimes the principal, Ms. Elizabeth Jensen) for doing extra chores and good deeds. The students used those quarters to purchase a “sneaker” for $3 or the equivalent of one foot in quarters. The students colored their ‘sneakers’ any way they liked and then the sneakers were hung around the gym. If the students ‘walked’ all the way around the gym with their ‘sneakers’, Ms. Jensen promised to kiss a chicken! The students worked hard and purchased over 120 ‘sneakers’ achieving their goal and then some! The students raised approximately $365 which they decided to donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Association. In the past, students have donated to such wonderful causes as Ronald McDonald House, Heifer International and Mercy Flight. And as a tradition started by retired Principal Dr. Gerald Benjamin, the principal would then kiss an animal if the students achieved their goal. Dr. Ben was known to have kissed goats, rabbits, ducks, cows and even a boa constrictor! To the students’ delight, on Friday, April 7th before dismissing for the Easter break, Principal Ms. Elizabeth Jensen stuck true to her promise and kissed a chicken. A great job for a great cause!
Principal Ms. Elizabeth Jensen and First Grade teacher Mrs. Audrey Walck with 1st grade students as they show off 'sneakers' earned doing chores and good deeds. Students purchased a sneaker for $3 (one foot in quarters) with the money collected being donated to the Multiple Sclerosis Association. Front Row: Lydia Kashorek, Kate Schwan, Malea Benson, Andrew Schlueter and Henry Davis. Back Row students: Ava Bellanca and Padraic Flaherty.
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