Categories: Regional
      Date: Jan 31, 2013
     Title: St. Mary students celebrate ‘Pajama Day’ by wearing, donating sleepwear



(Photos courtesy of St. Mary School)

Staff report

WARE – Students at St. Mary Elementary School, here, were able to trade in their uniforms for one day for a good cause: a collection of night clothes for local infants, children and adults in need.

During Catholic Schools Week, the St. Mary Student Council planned “Pajama Day – Wear one, Give One.”  On Jan. 29, students were encouraged to wear their warm, cozy pajamas and bathrobes for the day in exchange for a donation of pajamas, toiletry items, or bath towels to be donated to the Springfield Diocese’s Catholic Charities Agency; The Gray House, a social service agency located in Springfield’s North End; and Bethlehem House, an agency that ministers to pregnant women. 

Several teachers and the principal, Paula Moran, also wore their robes, slippers, and pajamas on the special day.

The student council collected more than 160 items of sleepwear and towels, as well as monetary donations; the pajama items ranged in size from newborn to adult.

To enhance the day, the Parent Teacher Organization supplied snacks of popcorn and juice; and the teachers created a “sleepy” theme for some of the day’s classwork.

The students said were excited to be able to have fun and know that they were helping others. One kindergartener said, “I know Jesus is looking down and smiling at us because our jammies are helping someone.” 

Four of the students noticed that they were each wearing pajamas that promoted the pop group New Direction. One older student said that it was fun to be able to discard the school uniform for a comfortable robe and they were happy to help someone in need with a pajama donation. 

A third-grader said, “It is cool to be comfy!”

After sorting and surveying the piles of donations, Principal Moran said that “Pajama Day – Wear One, Give One” is a welcomed new tradition at St. Mary School.