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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

STU­DENTS from St Pius X Catholic Pri­mary School are work­ing to break the cy­cle of poverty by help­ing chil­dren in need around the world.

The school com­mu­nity in Man­ning has been work­ing through­out the year to fundraise for a so­cial jus­tice project, called School Bags for Je­sus.

Staff and stu­dents have col­lected school sup­plies for chil­dren in Kenya, Viet­nam and Myan­mar to sup­port their ed­u­ca­tion for a whole year.

As­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Stephanie John­son said the school com­mu­nity was al­ways look­ing to help oth­ers and this was the most “au­then­tic” way the stu­dents could make an im­pact.

“This so­cial jus­tice project al­lowed stu­dents to col­lect a range of ev­ery­day things that they would nor­mally take for granted such as pen­cils, pens and tex­tas and cre­ate a bag for an­other child who does not have the op­por­tu­nity to have ac­cess to these things,” she said.

“School Bags for Je­sus aims to en­able or­phans and street chil­dren to re­ceive ed­u­ca­tion and break the cy­cle of poverty.”

Ms John­son said the chil­dren didn’t mind walk­ing miles to school if they were of­fered sup­plies that their par­ents could not af­ford, let alone feed them.

St Pius stu­dents were able to re­flect that other were not as lucky as them.

d487711 Pic­ture: David Baylis

Lizzie So­foulis (kindy), Ge­or­gia Kelly (Year 6) and Ol­lie So­foulis (Year 1) with the bags.

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