Last Spring, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Springfield held an “Adopt-A -School” collection. It was led by Oliver Awat, an altar server at the parish and a senior at Cathedral High School in Springfield. A native of the Philippines, Oliver and his parents, Olivea Melaya Strohman and Steve Strohman organized the collection with the help of Cathedral High School, the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Mt. Carmel Parish and Sister Betty Matuszek, pastoral minister at Mount Carmel.

Oliver Awat and some of the school supplies collected at Mount Carmel

Olivia, Oliver, Steve and Sister Betty look over the supplies

The boxes of school supplies arrived and the Mt. Carmel community wanted to share them with others.

Excited and grateful students

Supplies for all

Delightful distribution

A welcome gift from America

Getting ready for math class