Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A Family Pet's View of Poverty

Who would ever think of telling the story of a family living in poverty from the point of view of a dog?
That creativity award goes to Gwyneth Sise, who just completed 7th grade at St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam. She received national recognition for her touching tale through a competition conducted by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD)
“The jury was impressed with both the artistic quality of your work and the message it captured about the struggles of low-income families working to overcome poverty in the United States,” said Biloxi Bishop Roger P. Morin, chair of the Subcommittee on CCHD, in his congratulatory letter to Ms. Sise. CCHD is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
CCHD developed the Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest in 2001, to help schools and parishes engage youth in learning about low-income people in the U.S. who are addressing the root causes of poverty. It is open to students in grades seven through twelve in Catholic parishes and schools.
The agency’s 2010 National CCHD Multi-Media Youth Arts Contest selected Ms. Sise, 12, as the National Third Prize winner among young people in grades 7-9.
You can read more about the contest and her award here.