Lives of the Saints presented by St. John's third graders

Third graders at St. John the Baptist School in Vermillion concluded their month-long intensive study of the lives of the saints by giving an all-school presentation to students, faculty, parents and grandparents.  Each of Sr. Noel's students selected a saint to study, created a detailed 12"-18" replica of the saint, and finally wrote and presented a formal report, while wearing a full costume representing the saint. The annual saint project is a time-honored, 3rd grade tradition at the Pre-K through 6th grade school.  Students and families enjoy the research of collecting many facts about each saint, as well as learning about the miracles and devotions attributed to particular saints for very special reasons.

Grace Ruper (St. Cecilia), Mary Strommen (St. Catherine of Alexandria) and Lexi DeGree (St. Clare) hold the saint replicas they created for their 3rd grade project.

Scott Thorkildson (St. Dennis) presents his research about St. Dennis to a large group of students, faculty and parents. According to Thorkildson, St. Dennis is the patron saint of those who suffer from headaches.

Third grader Riley Ries delivers his report on the life of St. Francis of Assisi, creator of the nativity scene and lover of nature.