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School helps area refugees

Students and faculty at St. Cecilia School in Omaha help the homeless or others in need from around the community each Advent as a service learning project.

This year, the school turned to people they see at Sunday Mass and elsewhere around St. Cecilia Parish – refugee families from Burma, also known as Myanmar.

"These are parishioners, this is right in our wheelhouse," said Paulette Rourke, principal. "If we want to help someone, why not help our own people who are in need?"

Each grade – prekindergarten through eighth – is collecting a different item, such as mittens, towels, children’s books, juice boxes, socks, stuffed animals and toiletries.

The school hopes to provide baskets of goods for about 20 families, Rourke said.

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