Earlier this spring, students from Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Wasilla got their hands dirty as they put into actions Pope Francis’ call for a “Year of Mercy.”
The idea took shape with a phone call from Diane Krauszer, pastor of Trinity Lutheran Church in Palmer. She asked if students were willing to till soil, weed a community garden and prepare it for planting vegetables to give to Mat-Su Valley residents in need.
The school embraced the task and prepared the ground to plant vegetables for donation to the Palmer Food Bank, MY House and Family Promise, all groups that serve the poor in the Mat-Su Valley.
While the older students worked the soil, younger students in preschool through the third grade planted seeds into little containers. Within a few weeks the newly sprouted seeds were planted.
The budding student gardeners plan to harvest and donate the fruit of their labor this fall.
“This little school of only 60 students has a giant giving heart, where students are eager and ready to answer Pope Francis’s call for mercy,” said acting principal Joyce Lund. “Keep them in your prayers as they continue to serve others.”