WHEN FAMILIES CAN’T
CELEBRATE, THIS SCHOOL BRINGS
From birthday supplies to
birthday surprise, this program
supports local families — and
celebrates the joy of giving back.
“Birthday Boxes are
an exciting way for
students to give back —
it’s something students
can easily relate to,
because they’re always
so happy to celebrate
their own birthdays.”
The routine is familiar but exciting: The lights
dim. The cake emerges. And the group begins to
sing: Happy birthday to you…
For many students, blowing out candles is a yearly
rite of passage — and a chance to imagine all the
opportunities a new year can bring. But for other
children, the opportunity to make that wish — or have
their own birthday party — remains out of reach.
That’s why this school is sharing the bounty. At
St. Ignatius of Antioch Catholic School in Yardley,
students, teachers, and parents all pitch in to create
Birthday Boxes filled with party supplies, cake mix, and
gifts. The recipients get a chance to celebrate, and St.
Ignatius students get to experience the fun of giving.
“The boxes are an exciting way for students to give
back,” says Tina Schmidt, the school’s technology and
library teacher who leads the program. “It’s something
students can easily relate to, because they’re always so
happy to celebrate their own birthdays.”