COSTA MESA — Using colored pencils, markers and crayons, 33 students in LaWanda Allen's fifth-grade class found their own ways Wednesday to say "welcome to the world" to a newborn.
The students sat at their desks under a colorful sea of paper fish hanging from the ceiling, personalizing cards to go with gift baskets that each was assembling for a baby.
The students attend St. Joachim Catholic School, a nursery and K-8 private school on Orange Avenue.
As part of the class' yearly service project, the students filled the baskets with essential items — baby powder, body wash, a onesie and beanie, a bottle, and diapers — destined for the Life Center in Santa Ana, a pro-life pregnancy service agency.
The school teaches the students to support the dignity of every human life, Allen said, adding that the service project reinforced that value by supporting both mothers and their unborn babies.