Our Lady of Fatima donates $1,650 to local food banks

Our Lady of Fatima School raised more than $16,000 from its Saints Walkathon in October and donated a portion of the funds to two local food banks on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Students and staff presented $825 checks to representatives from the Interfaith Food Pantry in Wilton and the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, as well as supplies the school collected over a few weeks.

On Oct. 14, hundreds of students, staff, parents and parishioners walked 1.2 miles around the school and parish grounds of Our Lady of Fatima on Danbury Road during the fourth annual Saints Walkathon — named in honor of All Saints Day.

To reinforce the school’s objective of “service above self,” each grade chose a saint to represent and learned about their life and good works in the weeks leading up to the walkathon.

A majority of the proceeds from the walk went towards supporting and enhancing the nonprofit Catholic school’s academic program, and 10% went to the food banks.

“What better way to teach ‘service above self’ to our children than to encourage them to support both their school and their community,” said walkathon chairperson Joanne Salageanu.

Our Lady of Fatima Principal Stan Steele said the students were “so excited” to be able to help out the two food banks. “It is especially important during the holiday season, which can be so difficult for struggling families,” he said.

For raising more than $16,000, Steele and Pastor Reggie Norman wore chicken costumes and performed the chicken dance during two lunch periods in October.