CLINTON – On May 19, at the annual awards ceremony at Prince of Peace Schools, a special award was given to the entire student body for wearing jeans to school.
The Development Office of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, asked Clinton Franciscan Sister Phyllis Morris to create a special art piece for the students at Prince of Peace Academy and College Preparatory. The ceramic plaque was presented in gratitude for students’ contributions to the Sisters’ ministry in Chulucanas, Peru. The students have contributed more than $1,000 to the Chulucanas Fund in recent years.
Sr. Morris has ministered in Chulucanas for 45 years. When she is not in Chulucanas, where she now serves as director of finance and catechetics, she is creating ceramic art in a studio in the administrative offices of the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton. The plaque she created for the award is in the shape of two hearts. One depicts North America and South America, and the other bears the word “Peace” and a dove.
In making the award presentation, Development Officer Sister Mary Ann Phelan said, “We have been told that you raise these charitable dollars by fining students who wish to wear jeans on a given day. Wearing jeans symbolizes the young, active, informal American way of life. But you have gone way beyond that by making your jeans day a way of helping young people living far away from you and whom you will probably never meet.”
“We hope,” she continued, “that you will hang this handmade artwork in your school and that every time you look at it, you will think of those Peruvians your ‘jeans day money’ has helped and remember the gratitude of the Sisters of St. Francis.”