- Upper School
On Wednesday, April 26, Malvern Prep transformed its campus to host the second annual Caritas Carnival. In partnership with Sow Good Now, the school hosted over 200 children from five area elementary schools who otherwise would not be able to enjoy a field trip with their classmates.
The event planning and execution were led by Kelly Catania P’21’23, Director of Christian Service and Mary Nassib P’08’11’14, Founder of Sow Good Now.
“The Caritas Carnival idea surfaced post-COVID when I began to realize the entire nonprofit landscape was dramatically changing. Nonprofits were all increasing their requirements while reducing the opportunities for teenage kids to volunteer. What better way than to share our beautiful campus with children from schools who by no means have the ability to offer a fun-filled day,” explains Catania.
All Upper School students, faculty, and staff participated as volunteers to make the day a success! They were joined by Malvern Prep parents and members of the Bill Atkinson Service Core. The event touched all corners of campus and included activities like obstacle courses, nature walks, arts & crafts, kickball, and a variety of sports. The visiting children were also treated to lunch, snow cones, popcorn, and cotton candy.
“My hope is that this simple idea will be another example for our school to be the pioneer of Christian Service Learning in the Philadelphia area. Love is contagious. Service is faith in action and our MP students did that proudly fly yet humbly yesterday,” shared Catania.
A great day was had by all - thank you to everyone who helped make this a memorable event!