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Junior Theology Classes engage in poverty simulation

Crusaders in the Classroom! Our junior theology classes spent time this semester gaining a better understanding of what it's like to live in poverty and to experience need. This junior experience plays an important role in their faith formation, helping them to understand other perspectives, the importance of concern for others, and to connect in a meaningful way with some of the groups they serve as they complete their service hours. 

They watched "God Bless the Child," a moving depiction of a family struggling with poverty. After the movie, Mrs. Cara Lipinski (Basiletti, Class of 1994), Director of Faith Formation for Divine Mercy Parish, Youth Minister for Ignite Youth Ministry, and one of the local leaders who organizes mission trips including the ones our students can join in June visited junior classes. She led discussion, got classes out of their seats with a poverty simulation, and challenged them with the game, Spent, which gives every student a different budget and various life needs in order to test budget management skills.

We believe it was eye-opening for our students and we hope they learned lessons that stay with them for a lifetime.


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