From March 5-9, the St. John’s community observed its 10th annual Poverty Education Week.
Washington, DC – St. John’s annual Poverty Education Week, which takes place during the Lenten season, is one way the St. John’s community expresses its solidarity with the poor. The week-long program provides opportunities for students, families, faculty and staff to participate in assemblies, classroom presentations, poverty-related lessons in each academic discipline, guest speaker presentations and fundraisers.
A school-wide assembly set an action-oriented tone for the week’s activities. Faculty, student and guest presenters shared information on the widespread and powerful experience of poverty and how service to the poor affirms our commitment to ending cycles of poverty in our community and the world around us. SJC faculty Selma Solera ’06, Ryan Longton, Jonathan Navas and Karl Danso shared information and personal experiences, such as the importance of the mission drive for our twin school in Kenya and the plight of war refugees in rural Columbia.
The St. John’s community also came together to provide tangible support for several partner organizations, raising funds to benefit the Child Discovery Centre, St. John’s twin school in Kenya, and the De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, MT