Nativity BVM kindergartners adopt domestic violence shelter for service project

Kindergarten students from Nativity BVM chose to adopt the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence as their service project during Catholic Schools Week.

The students traveled to the center’s drop-in service location in Biloxi to deliver sheets, blankets, toiletries, and bags that they’ve collected for residents of the domestic violence shelter.

Through this project, students are able to learn about the importance of giving back at a young age.

Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence provides emergency shelter for adult victims of domestic violence and their children as well as counseling, life-skills classes, and other support services. Nativity BVM Principal Traci Kessler said, “We just want them to know that there are people in need in our community. If we are able to give, we want them to live that life of service and give to those in need.”

Student Iris Rasmussen said, “I’m helping the women and the children by giving and we made little goodies for them for the women to say happy Valentine’s Day.”

During Catholic Schools Week, schools typically observe the annual celebration with mass, open houses, and other activities for students.