When grade five teachers at St. Luke School (Nepean) began brainstorming a science project for their students, they had no idea that the project would turn into an opportunity for students to live out their Gospel values.

But that’s exactly what happened.

Combining the science curriculum and values explored in religion class, The Little Free Pantry currently sits outside St. Luke School (Nepean) so those in need can readily access its contents anonymously. It’s paired with their logo, which incorporates the Little Free Pantry’s motto, “Take what you need, leave what you can,” and the OCSB’s Spiritual Theme, Sent to be the Good News.

Not only would this allow the students to build a stable structure, effectively covering the science curriculum, but it would also give them a chance to make a difference in their school community for many years to come.

The students raised funds for the project by writing letters to companies requesting donations, receiving a $50 donation from Home Depot and a custom metal roof from Premier Home Improvements. Currently, they’re even working on commercials, print ads, and radio announcements to further promote it.

Catholic education focuses on what’s important: encouraging students to explore, create, and use knowledge in a broader context that’s connected to real-world purposes.

The Ottawa Catholic School Board demonstrates how together we are nurturing communities of faith that give back to those in need.