CSW Take Home Service Project

February 2, 2021

Home & School Take Home Service Project bracelet making

Home & School Catholic Schools Week Service Project

Presented by the Home & School Service Committee

Welcome to our first “take home” CSW Service Project. Every year, the Home & School Service Committee develops an opportunity to serve our community during Catholic Schools Week. With the pandemic, we have made take home bags with the supplies to make uplifting bracelets to be distributed to services supported by the Des Moines Diocese Catholic Charities. 

The youngest student in your family should have brought home a small bag containing everything you need to make 10 bracelets. Each bag should contain enough clear beading string (it will need to be cut into 10 approximately equal parts- about 6 inches each), pony beads, letter beads to create two to three words, and directions for assembly and returning.

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Please note, my 2nd, 4th and 6th graders helped assemble the bags, so if you are missing any pieces (or run short), please don’t hesitate to contact me, and we will get you what you need. Do your best with the words. Most were assembled as words such as create, dream, grace, love (my 2nd grader loved subbing hearts for the O’s), etc. It can be a fun game of word scramble...or just letters in no particular order and beads. It’s all about the kids using their creativity to serve their community.

We are asking all St. Augustin families to create at least 10 bracelets. Once you complete your bracelets, you may return them and your directions sheet with the family name completed to the main office. All families who return their completed bracelets and family name on the direction sheet to the school office by 3:15 on Friday, February 5 will be entered to win a $25 Eatery A gift card. 

Please follow these five easy steps to have the best success (additional directions and family name form are linked here if you misplace yours):

  1. Especially with small hands, tape one end of the bracelet string to a hard surface. (This will keep frustrations at bay so they don’t pick up the string and all the beads fall off).

  2. Be creative. Use fun variety in colors or patterns. Each bracelet should be about 10 beads. Add words such as “faith,” “love,” “hope,” “shine bright,” “smile.” Because our charities serve persons of all faiths, we are asked not to use any religious terminology such as God, Christ, Bible, etc. to be as welcoming as possible to our community.

  3. With little fingers, please have an adult tie 3-4 knots in the bracelet to ensure it is secure.

  4. Complete your family’s 10 bracelets and return them to school with your family’s name filled out to the school office in a sealed Ziploc (feel free to use the one provided) bag by Friday, February 5 at 3:15 p.m. to be entered into a drawing for a $25 Eatery A gift card (can anyone say free pizza??).

  5. Say a prayer for those who will receive your bracelets and smile knowing you have done something wonderful to lift the spirits of members of our community. 

We hope you enjoy this opportunity to serve our community during the pandemic.

All God’s Blessings on our school and families,

Cynthia Steidl-Bishop & Lindsay Gilbert

2020/2021 Home & School Service Committee Co-Chairs