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Normally people think religion class is just having to sit at desks and stare at a lecture on the board, but not at Academy. Recently in Mr. Felix Kalinowski’s Theology class, students were required to create a presentation based on their assigned Saint.
“At our Sophomore retreat we were given a card with a picture of a saint on the front and a little biography about them on the back. We were then required to create a presentation talking about the life of our saint and how they impact our lives today,” states Julianna Jett.
Sophomore students were assigned to make a PowerPoint explaining the life of their saint, dress up as if they were their saint, and make food from where their saint originated.
“Since my Saint was from Greece, I draped a white sheet over my whole body to reenact a toga. There were a few people in my class however who went all out in full-on religious habits,” stated Lauren Harris.
Assigned saints ranged from Roman, to Greek, to Spanish, to French. Since the students’ saints originated from such a wide variety of locations, the sophomores brought in different food items from all over the world that represented what their saint might eat. This gave their fellow peers a “taste” of another culture.
“Because my saint was born in Italy, I decided to bring in cannolis for my classmates to try, since they are such a popular Italian dessert,” recalls Gloria Bufano.
Projects like these in religion classes not only help teach students valuable lessons, like how we benefit from our saints, but they also make learning more interesting and entertaining.