St. Anthony School students perform charitable works and win academic awards

St. Anthony School Student Council held its annual canned food drive to help St. Vincent de Paul’s work with the community. Also, the choir, under the leadership of Julie Rumin, visited and sang at a variety of residential and elder care homes, including Anberry Rehabilitation Clinic, Atwater DayBreak, Atwater Cherish, Ameritas Residential Facility of Merced and The Hampshire Residential Facility of Merced.

The council also collected 87 coats for the Koats-4-Kids program in Fresno that collects new or gently used coats, gets them cleaned and distributes them to children in need.

The second/third grade class sang and danced at the mall, and the school presented its Christmas program, “It All Happened in the Country.” Keegan Janss was a winner in the Merced Mall Design and Ad Contest. He won a $50 gift certificate for the mall. The seventh- and eighth-graders had winners in the VFW Patriot's Pen Essay Writing Contest. Third place was Jimmy Zhu, second place was Ann Kreuscher and first place was Kole Joachim. Kole earned second place at the district level.

Each month students are chosen from each grade level as Students of the Month, based on their total character as well as their academics. November's students were Victoria Echevarria (eighth grade), Anthony Herrera (seventh grade), Marco Sobrevilla (sixth grade), Anthony Silva (fifth grade), Keanu Bado (fourth grade), Andrew Nichols (third grade), Jacob Nunes (second grade), Jonathan Silva (first grade), and Audrey Dores (kindergarten).

From Jan. 29 to Feb. 6, St. Anthony School students will prepare for Catholic Schools Week. The theme is “Catholic Schools — Faith, Academics, Service.”

Also, a team from the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth grades are preparing for the Catholic School Academic Decathalon in March.--Sun-Star staff