Students collect change to help missionaries in Peru

A church in Pisco Playa, Peru, was destroyed by an earthquake in 2007 and re-opened in May 2010. The students at Immaculate Conception School held a “penny war” this week to help support the schoolchildren in that area.

Principal Jill Struemph saw firsthand the people and their needs when she traveled to Peru this summer. She was able to share photos of the people and places with the students in a PowerPoint presentation.

The Diocese of Jefferson City has provided missionaries for various programs.

The local students’ contributions will support Los Molinos. The people of Pisco Playa, Peru, from the church of St. Francis of Assisi provide food to the children before school three days a week.

Immaculate Conception hopes to raise about $4,000, which would feed 300 or so children every day for a year with two rolls and one cup of instant chocolate milk. With the local school’s help, they will have enough funds to feed the children five days every week.

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