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St. Roch School students join Green St. Louis Machine for healthy eating

Mallory Minana, center, a seventh-grader at St. Roch School, joined teacher Pete Shaver and classmates to harvest vegetables for a salad. St. Roch joined the Green St. Louis Machine program, which is an aeroponic gardening program organized by the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club.

On a recent weeknight at Mathews-Dickey Boys' and Girls' Club, several tables were lined with a host of colorful and delectable foods and beverages — Caesar salad, pesto pizza, Thai chicken lettuce wraps, basil lemonade and kale cheesecake.

These delights were part of a Spring Harvest and literally the fruits — well, veggies, to be more exact — of the labors of students participating in the Green St. Louis Machine, an area program that brings aeroponic gardening into the urban classroom.

Service is a vital component of Catholic schools

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Catholic Schools Week traditionally starts on the final Sunday of January, hence it officially begins this year on Sunday, Jan. 31. But several schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis tabbed the final full week of January — Jan. 24-30 — to celebrate schools.

St. Roch School in the Skinker-DeBaliviere neighborhood and St. Elizabeth-St. Robert Regional School in St. Charles are two such schools, and each featured a service component early in the week, a prominent feature of Catholic education.

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