SPRING HILL — There are 165 students at Notre Dame Catholic School, but the parade was bigger than that.
On Oct. 29, the students were joined by parents and grandparents for "Walk for the Poor" in conjunction with the St. Vincent de Paul-sponsored nationwide event to raise funds for the less fortunate.
They were joined by the St. Vincent de Paul Hernando/Citrus District co-presidents Elaine and Ron Leger. The walk, they said, was for awareness as well as to raise funds.
"Our thrift store provides food for over 1,000 families a month," Ron Leger said. And they are looking at an increase of 30 percent over the next two years.
During the last fiscal year, Elaine Leger said, the society gave out 307 tons of food. The walk at Notre Dame preceded the walk at the Anderson Snow Sports Complex the next day.
The Notre Dame children raised about $420. "We asked the children to bring in a donation," said principal Lou Whitaker, "Search their hearts and bring in a few dollars."
The children at Notre Dame are divided into groups called families, mixing older children with younger ones. There are about 20 groups and the children named themselves after animals, such as lions, monkeys, lady bugs and penguins.
The families meet once a month with varying themes. October was for the poor and they are looking forward to a prayer service and making gifts for their parents for Christmas and making valentines for servicemen and women in February.