CANADAIGUA — Families from St. Mary’s School surprised the town of Canandaigua with smiling faces and baked goods yesterday.
As a part of the national Catholic Schools Week, St. Mary’s School had families make plates of treats in a thankful gesture to the people and business that support the school.
“The most rewarding part is seeing the people’s faces because they don’t know we are coming,” says parent volunteer Jeanine Johnson. “There were many cute conversations and hugs.”
Jeanine Johnson delivered plates with her two boys who are in third and fifth grade. They are 4th generation students at St. Mary’s. “It’s like a big family over here, that’s why I love this school so much.” said Jeanine Johnson, “All the students grow up together. The eighth graders know the kindergarteners.”
For this event, families bring cookies and candy in to make plates of goodies for local businesses. This year, Jeanine Johnson and another parent volunteer were able to assemble 55 plates of baked goods! The fifth grade students write ‘thank you’ notes for each of these plates, and then parent volunteers and their children deliver these gifts to the community with their children.
Plates were delivered to the bus drivers from 8 different districts who bring the students to school every day, local businesses, firemen, police officers, the bank, the library, and other community buildings. The tradition brings the families at the school together, in a day of service to the community.