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School engages community in fair trade

school-engages-community-fair-trade.jpgThrough Legacy Leaders, a student-based service group at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, we were able to partner with CRS to establish a fair trade program in our school. First, staff and students worked together to host an assembly that included skits describing the harsh working conditions that farmers and other workers experience throughout the world, and how fair trade can help. We sold fair trade products, such as Christmas decorations, crosses, and jewelry, at our school and parish during our annual holiday craft show. Our teachers used the weekly materials and prayers provided by CRS to incorporate fair trade education into lesson plans in our religion classes and engaged students in conversation about solidarity and respect for the life and dignity of the human person.