At first glance, visitors to the Academy of the Sacred Heart’s Primary School campus might think they had accidentally stumbled into the den of the Krewe of Muses, given the dozens of bedazzled shoes lining a hallway outside the school library.
But the fanciful shoes, created by Sacred Heart Primary students and faculty, were on display for a very serious purpose: to raise awareness for a project called “Heart and Sole,” one of the creative ways the school family is raising money to pay the tuition of a child named Christine, a student at Sacred Heart Primary School in Uganda. The East African nation, one of the world’s poorest, holds a special place in the hearts of Sacred Heart students worldwide. The Religious of the Sacred Heart have carried out mission work in support of girls’ education since 1962.
Each shoe contest entrant made a donation, raising $456 toward the $650 cost of Christine’s annual tuition. Additional sources of revenue for her educational fund were raised through bake sales and the privilege of wearing the school colors of red and white during last month’s “Uganda Week.” The week culminated with a volleyball game against Louise McGehee School, with all proceeds going to the educational fund.
The Sacred Heart Sisters’ educational mission in Uganda is based on the belief that the education of children is the only long-term strategy to reduce poverty.
Christine’s school boasts a 100 percent promotion rate to high school. To accommodate these graduates, the Sisters also operate St. Charles Lwanga Secondary School for Girls in Kalungo, Uganda. In all, the Sacred Heart Sisters provide residential schooling on the two campuses for more than 1,000 girls, many of them through the generous support of American donors.
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