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CHRISTMAS SERVICE PROJECT
This Christmas Aquinas adopted six families who were currently residing at
St. Margaret of Cortona. St. Margaret's is a transitional housing facility run by
the diocese that provides housing for single mothers and their children. These
families often have tragic stories. The majority of these moms have removed
their children from a life of domestic violence, poverty and/or substance abuse
and have made the choice for a better life for their children and themselves.
The six adopted families provided the school with wish lists of items they were
hoping to receive. With each family being adopted by several classrooms, the
Aquinas community rallied in short order to provide these moms and their
children with a Christmas to remember.
ST. MARGARET
THANK YOU
LETTER
PTO MEMBERS
Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin, Chair
Mr. and Mrs. Willis,
Secretary/Communication
Mr. and Mrs. Furguiele
and Mr. and Mrs. Minne,
Community Events
Mr. and Mrs. Quinlan, School Spirit
Mr. and Mrs. Rao, Spiritual Life
Mr. and Mrs. Fratantonio,
Faculty and Staff Support
Mr. and Mrs. D'Sa, Outreach Events
Mr. and Mrs. Jefferson, Treasurer
Mrs. Pietak, Faculty Representative
FIELD DAY
PTO put together a fantastic Carnival-themed
field day to celebrate the end of the school
year. There was an array of fun activities
including water balloon games, carnival
booths, treats like ice cream and popcorn,
and a petting zoo and students had a blast!
Closing out the day's festivities was a juggling
priest. Fr. Peffley, from All Saints in Gainesville,
VA, put on a show sharing with students his
juggling skills and showing them just a few
'tricks of the trade.' Grades 6 and 7 watched
the show live while the rest of the school
watched via Zoom in their classrooms to
maintain social distancing.
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Dearest Donor,
I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for deciding to
donate to the St. Margaret of Cortona program this year. Because
of you and the help of many generous others like you, my family
and I were able to escape a very dangerous and toxic situation and
get a fresh start. For the first time in a very long time, I now have
hope and have a lot to be thankful for this holiday season.
We don't know each other, but you've helped in a way you may never
imagine. There was nothing random about your acts of kindness.
Thank you for all you have done. May God bless you and your
loved ones for years to come.

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