St. Gabriel’s Student Silence Speaks Volumes for Rice Bowl

The fourth grade class at St. Gabriel Catholic School participated in CRS Rice Bowl with a sponsored silence event, pledging to keep silent for four hours . Photo courtesy of St. Gabriel Catholic School

The fourth grade class at St. Gabriel Catholic School participated in CRS Rice Bowl with a sponsored silence event, pledging to keep silent for four hours. Photo courtesy of St. Gabriel Catholic School

The fourth grade class at St. Gabriel Catholic School in Charlotte, NC had a new way of participating in CRS Rice Bowl – using silence as a way to raise funds. The idea was inspired by the class’ read-aloud book, A Dog Called Homeless, by Sarah Lean, which described a girl who volunteered to do a sponsored silence for the hospice center at St. Jude’s. The idea struck a chord with the students at St. Gabriel’s, so they decided to host a sponsored silence from 8 a.m. to noon on March 19th to raise money for CRS Rice Bowl.

Parents sponsored their children in half-hour increments. So if Jimmy’s mom sponsored him for $3 per half hour and he was silent the whole time, $24 would be contributed to CRS Rice Bowl. The class added up the possible total that could be collected if all the students were silent for the entire four hours, and it came to an astonishing $1,853.00.

On the day of the sponsored silence, the students wore a “Silence Speaks” sticker as their teacher continued lessons as usual, but in a way more adaptable to the silence. The students were incredibly excited and well-informed as to why they were doing this. What a wonderful, creative way to celebrate CRS Rice Bowl.

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