At a school where religion classes are daily, school-wide Masses monthly, and seventh and eighth grade classes attend Mass weekly, students are fully engaged with their Catholic education. But for fifth grader Happy Pokraka and her classmates, it simply wasn’t enough. When Happy told her teacher she wanted to start a prayer club, Mrs. Mussari couldn’t say no. Every two weeks, students gather in the upstairs classroom to begin their afternoon in thoughtful conversation with God.
“I pray to be closer to God and to follow in God’s footsteps,” says Cadence at 6th grader. Upon learning about disadvantaged populations around the world, 6th grader Sarah answered that she prays because, “Not many people have what we have that is decent. Some people don’t have what we do in terms of natural resources.”
Building moral character is at the center of TCA’s mission and model for education. As a Catholic school, we encourage students by giving them positive reinforcement in the classroom and use the teachings of the Catholic faith to instill a moral guidance that will support them to make informed decisions in the future. Happy’s prayer club reflects TCA’s mission in action.
We asked Happy to share with us why she started the prayer club. Her response: “I love praying and giving things to others and I love helping out.”
The Prayer Club’s latest project has included collecting holiday cards, which will be mailed to veterans this week.