By Alissa Czyz
On All Saints Day, Saint Peter’s fourth graders assumed the role of their favorite saint and relayed their life stories to an audience of fellow students, parents, and faculty.
Each year, fourth grade students choose a saint to research as part of a Religion class assignment. They gather information about the saint’s life, including at least seven interesting facts about the saint, a memorable story, and why they admire the saint.
Each student creates a poster with their saint’s story, including pictures. They dress up like their saint and prepare a short oral presentation to share with the audience during an exhibit called the “Hall of Saints.”
Saint Peter’s principal, Nelson Abreu, kicked off the event on November 1, encouraging the audience to meet each saint. “The saint will come alive and let you know about his or her life and story,” said Mr. Abreu.
The saint project is an annual tradition at Saint Peter’s. “It’s not only about learning to do research,” said Mrs. Eunice Pak, fourth grade teacher. “It also allows the students to connect to a saint. It’s an exhibit, but it also brings the community together.”
“I enjoyed learning about my saint, Saint Paul,” said fourth grader Alexander Czyz. “He started off in life as Saul. He was not a very good person then. But he ended up spreading the word of God to many people.”
“The Hall of Saints is a beautiful event,” said Mrs. Pak. “It reminds us we are all being called to be saints ourselves.”