St. Edmond group shows holiday spirit

National Honor Society students make season merrier for AFES participants

The spirit of giving was very evident at St. Edmond Catholic School this holiday season.

Students, who are all part of the National Honor Society at St. Edmond, donated gifts for 30 youngsters who participate in Athletics For Education and Success. That made this time of year much merrier for these young folks. According to Charles Clayton, executive director of AFES, some of these children would have otherwise have had few if any Christmas gifts.

Mike Szalat, a teacher at St. Edmond who is also the adviser to National Honor Society, told The Messenger that sophomore Cambrie McBride came up with the idea of donating gifts to AFES participants. The project was enthusiastically endorse by the other NHS members and became a group undertaking.

Some available money at the school was supplemented with additional fundraising. The NHS students were provided a list of all the AFES children and what they wanted for Christmas. A shopping expedition to secure gifts ensued. About the same amount of money was spent on each of the 30 AFES students. Once the gifts had been secured, they were wrapped at the school by St Edmond students.

Szalat has high praise for the St. Edmond National Honor Society members who made this commendable project a success. He also is impressed with their contemporaries.

“I am very high on this generation of kids,” Szalat said. “My own children and the kids I teach take their studies much more seriously than I did. And they’re more caring and involved in service.”

The Messenger heartily agrees. We applaud the St. Edmond students who, during the busy Christmas season, helped make sure that this holiday was more festive for other young folks than it might otherwise have been. They truly showed the spirit that should motivate us all not only at Christmastime, but all year-round.