February 21, 2018
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St. John school creating hand flag, care package for Army Guard’s 133rd

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This is an example of the type of flag the students plan to create.

WINSLOW, Maine — As part of Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1, St. John Regional Catholic School in Winslow will recognize some of our nation’s best citizens, honoring those who are serving it.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, students will create a “hand flag” and assemble a large care package for the Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion. Students and staff will collect and donate items for the care package and the stars and stripes of the ‘hand flag’ will be made by the hands of the St. John students.

“We all care very deeply about servicemen and women,” said Claudette Massey, principal at St. John Regional Catholic School, in a diocese press release. “The connection becomes even more profound for our students when they know people with close, personal associations who share their stories. This is the case with the 133rd as there are several local community members who are a part of the engineer battalion and one of our parents, Valerie Cotnoir, has a cousin who is a Battalion captain.”

The Maine Army National Guard’s 133rd Engineer Battalion increases the combat effectiveness of the support brigades or engineer brigades at division and corps level by accomplishing mobility, counter mobility, survivability and general engineering tasks. The 133rd’s history can be traced back to the Civil War era 20th Maine Infantry regiment, which fought at the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863.

The service project is part of the annual Maine Catholic Schools Week which celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.

As part of the weeklong celebration, St. John Regional Catholic School will host a variety of special events. For a complete schedule of Maine Catholic Schools Week activities at St. John, visit: www.portlanddiocese.org/content/st-john-regional-catholic-school-winslow.