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'Tis the Season for Giving: Student Generosity Aids School in Ghana


During the Christmas season, we are all called to serve in many charitable ways. Extending a helping hand to our less fortunate bothers and sisters is one of the foundations of our faith and passions of our school community. Through giving to others, whether in December or throughout the year, the students at Blessed Trinity learn compassion, generosity, selflessness as well as an awareness of the link between themselves and the world.   

BT students reached deeply into their pockets and contributed over $3,300 to St. Joseph’s High School in Ghana during the school’s Miracle Minute, a minute held during homeroom when students are asked to contribute to a worthy cause. St. Joseph’s High School is a new school in Ghana opening next year with 72 students with the goal to eventually serve 500. Father Simon Assamoah, a native of Ghana, who spent nearly three years at St Benedict’s in Duluth, is spearheading the construction of the school. 

According to Blessed Trinity Principal Frank Moore, while the generosity of the students during the Christmas season impresses him, it is the students’ giving during the Miracle Minutes that truly shows the spirit of the BT community.  

“It was inspiring how our students responded to the call for help to get the school built. Father Simon from Ghana said the homily at an all-school Mass and really got the students excited about wanting to help,” said Moore. “Our Miracle Minutes over the years have truly been miraculous – a one-time collection after a few days of explanation about the importance of the cause, and with no promise of other rewards – just doing the right thing for the right reason.” 

BT parent Kim Sak, the construction liaison for the project, recently contacted Moore asking him to relay an update on the Ghana school’s progress. 

“I am delighted to share with you that Father Simon is back in Ghana and construction is in full swing at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School in Bibiana,” said Mrs. Sak. “We currently have six buildings under construction. 

“On behalf of Father Simon, the U.S. team and all of the people of St. Theresa’s Parish in Ghana, I would like to thank you for your generous support. Father Simon’s warm reception at Blessed Trinity was truly appreciated. 100% of the funds collected during BT’s Miracle Minute will go directly toward school construction. The project is on schedule and will open in the fall of 2007 as a coeducational residential Catholic high school. Please keep the success of St. Joseph’s and its future students in your prayers. Our sincerest thanks to Blessed Trinity.” 

For more information, contact Kim Sak, or visit www.clapforJesus.org.