Preschoolers follow in St. Teresa’s footsteps

Contributed Photo Members of Stacy Dickmann’s 3-year-old preschool class at Sacred Heart Catholic School that recently established a Blessing Box to help others in need include, from left, Colton Farley, Bailey Wild, Logan Williams, Zayden Roehl, Holly Gee, Bennett Bahr, Max Marcks and William Joy.

Contributed Photo Bennett Bahr gives the new Blessing Box at Sacred Heart Catholic School a thumbs-up.

The 3-year-old preschool class at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Shawano recently painted and implemented a St. Teresa of Calcutta Blessing Box as a community service project.

Led by teacher Stacy Dickmann, the students painted the box with the help of parent volunteer Chris Marcks. The box was built and donated by Crossroads Custom Cabinetry of Shawano.

The class took their inspiration from the newly canonized St. Teresa of Calcutta, a Roman Catholic nun and missionary who helped the poorest of the poor.

The Blessing Box contains items that people in need can take. Students have filled the box several times with items such as toothpaste, diapers, canned food, bubbles and soap. The items are donated by parish families.

“St. Teresa of Calcutta was a soul filled with the light of Christ,” Dickmann said. “As a teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School, I feel so privileged to be able to fuel that light in our students; instilling in the preschoolers the importance of caring for our neighbors and friends.”

The only guideline for the Blessing Box is “please take only what you need and leave what you can.”

For information about the project or Sacred Heart, call 715-526-5328 or email Autumne Gee, admissions director, at