Catholic school students menschs, not ‘slacktivists’

My dear co-worker Mark Pattison and I had a chuckle one day over a blog about the word slacktivism. Slacktivists are a cross between slackers and activists. You know them: They’re the people who forward the e-mails not to buy gas for one day to stick it to the gas companies, but won’t give up their SUVs. Or people who’ll wear red one day to show support for some awful medical condition or black as a political statement, but won’t do anything to really help the cause. I’m totally guilty of this myself, so I’m not judging.

This came to mind when I saw Marty Denzer’s Catholic Key story about a fundraiser students at St. Therese School did in conjunction with students at Hyman Brand Hebrew Academy. As part of Bridges to Understanding, a program which unites Catholic and Jewish students, the children wrote, illustrated and marketed a book, “Anyone Can Be a Mensch.” (Mensch is a Yiddish word for a kind person of good character.) Through their efforts the kids raised $3,500, which they donated to the Save Darfur organization.

Children never cease to amaze me. They have no problem working with people different from them. They earnestly want to help those in need. And they’re not afraid of a little hard work. We can all take a lesson from them.

You can read more about it at Students’ book helps children in Darfur

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