Youth and school news, January 5, 2018

Morleys honor Wichita Catholic high schools
Couple hopes efforts will prompt students to feed the hungry
Ron and Petrina Krimm-Morley recognized both Wichita Catholic high schools for student stewardship efforts in feeding the hungry.
As a result of a 2017 All Saints Day fundraiser coordinated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program and incentivized by the Morleys, Bishop Carroll High School was honored Dec. 1, and Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School was honored on Dec. 13.
Students and parents at both schools were presented a large trophy and recognized by the Morleys for the fundraisers held at two area Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurants. The two restaurants donated a percentage of their sales to the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program to help provide food to deserving children needing extra food on weekends.
In addition to the trophies, Ron and Petrina Morley donated $1,000 to the schools’ St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School Fund. As Mr. Morley noted during the presentation, “You students have contributed to the biblical request to feed the less fortunate, while you are still in high school, while many adults can’t make the same claim.” He said if there were a “spiritual bucket list”, “feeding hungry children would be on the list.”
The Morleys hope the trophy will be part of an annual fundraising effort to generate future donations to the “Backpacks 4 Kids” program. Plans are already underway to hold similar All Saints Day fundraisers for both of the high schools in 2018.
The “Backpacks 4 Kids” program was created by the Wichita Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, to address “marginal food security” in Diocesan Wichita area Catholic schools. Marginal food security is defined by the USDA as “… typically…anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house.”

St. Joe students place in writing contest
Three seventh and eighth grade students from St. Joseph Catholic school placed in the Patriot’s Pen writing contest sponsored by the VFW.
Sam Boman placed second in the district competition of “America’s Gift to My Generation.” Other winners were Abbie Sanders, and Leti Sixtos.