CHS Middle School Lenten Almsgiving 2019

“Books and Baskets”

Dear Students & Parents,

Middle School students have taken part in a Lenten almsgiving project entitled “Baskets and Books in Memory of Blake Dartez” since 2008.  This project reaches out to children in New Iberia who are less fortunate, by gifting them with special Easter baskets. The project is optional and no one is obligated to participate.

The goals of this project are to bring a little faith, hope, love and educational encouragement to the recipients.  Easter baskets will include the typical goodies along with at least 2 books, one of which should be religious/Christian in nature. The baskets made by Middle Schoolers will be given out at CHS, to children whose families who live in Section 8 Housing neighborhoods.  The baskets will be given by some seventh and eighth graders and chaperones, on the morning of Good Friday, April 19.

In years past, students selected specific children’s names from a supplied list, and made baskets for those children.  We are simplifying a bit this year, and baskets can be made generally so that any child ages 2-11 can enjoy, or they may be made more specifically for a girl or boy, pre-school or school-age child.

Please pray for this mission as we share prayer, gifts and care.  In doing so we recognize the very important Catholic Social teachings of: solidarity, care for God’s creation, care for the poor, responsibility, community and the dignity of all humans.  By practicing these teachings in a joyful manner, we express true discipleship to our Lord.   Students, you give hope for the future through your enthusiasm, generosity and innate goodness.  Parents, thank you for the continual support!  Wishing you all a blessed Lenten season.

“They will know we are Christians by our love.”  John 13:35

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart soul and mind and love your neighbor as yourself.”  Mathew 22:36-40


Middle School Religion Teachers



We encourage students to work in pairs to make baskets.  Students need not be from the same class or the same grade, in order to work together.

We encourage students to use their own money for this project.  Earning money by doing extra chores makes this extra rewarding.

7th and 8th graders earn one hour of Lasallian Service for making a basket.

7th and 8th graders earn one hour of Lasallian Service for helping to hand out baskets.

Due to the large number of participants, we ask that only 7th and 8th graders attend the Good Friday distribution of baskets at CHS.

We also ask that our students carpool, and that some parents remain with us for supervisory purposes.

Each basket should include:

  • wrapping (basket bags are the most convenient)
  • small chocolate bunny (the big ones sometimes melt)
  • 2 or more books:
    • A Christian/religious book or color book
    • Another children’s book
    • candy
  • anything else is up to you and your imagination; some suggestions are: small toy, stuffed animal, wrist bands, bag of chips, toothbrush & toothpaste, socks, chalk, coloring book, stickers, hair accessories,plastic rosary, prayer cards, pencils, balls, crayons or markers, etc.

We Wish You God’s Blessings of Faith, Hope, & Love!

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