For Christ the King, this meant spreading our resources (read: kiddos!) throughout the 5 Sisters neighborhood and down Pine Street to clean up the trash revealed by the newly melted snow. After Mass and some well wishes from Monsignor, and equipped with our rubber gloves, highlighter-green t-shirts ("Catholic Schools WORK!" y'all!), garbage bags, and a little determination, we collected bags and bags of garbage!
We discussed this blessing and many other Easter lessons all throughout Lent. The kids learned of Jesus's struggle and sacrifice, and we set goals for ourselves on how we could make sacrifices in our own lives. We also learned from Jesus's time in the desert that we need to be more mindful about adding prayer to our days more frequently, and in more intentional ways.
To celebrate the lesson of "new life" that Easter represents, we tied it into the lesson of how the season of Spring brings forth new life in nature. Plants regrow and blossom, and animals have their babies! So, we got together with our Big Buddies and made our own spring babies: chick puppets!