For the January Junior Saints, students drew pictures of how they respect life. 

Peyton Barnett, eighth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown
Camille Urcia, sixth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill
"Every year, my dad, my sister, and I go and give food to the homeless at my uncle's donations. We would make the food and give out blankets, jackets, and snacks. My family also goes to march for life. Every day my dad gives the deer apples, oranges and fruit. That is how I respect life." - Mariah Pleta, sixth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill
"How I respect life is by respecting living things just as they are. Every living thing human or not should be cherished and protected. I will do what I can to protect someone who may not be able to speak for themselves because of their age or a disability." - Libby Wilkerson, fifth grade, St. Mary's School, Bryantown

"Respecting life is saying 'yes' to God." - Ailish Fockler, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons
"I respect all life because everybody is worth something and nobody should be treated like they are less than." -Jaya Kelly, sixth grade, St. Columba School, Oxon Hill
"To respect life is to respect and know that everyone is created in the image and likeness of God. This goes for the born and the unborn. Supporting and going to events like the March for Life show that God made everyone for a reason." - Ayo Funsho, eighth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie
"I respect life in many different ways, but my favorite way to respect life is to care for animals. They, like us, were created by God, and they need our protection and love." - Lucas Barthel, fifth grade, Blessed Sacrament School, Washington
"I can respect life by doing simple and small things that can [have] a large impact. I can do things like picking trash and planting a seed to help Earth's environment. I can also give gifts, help others and be kind to animals to support God's children and creatures. I can also respect my own life by praying to enrich my relationship with God." -Gabriela Manzano, sixth grade, St. Pius X Regional School, Bowie
Alina Sweeney, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons
Catherine Pensenstadler, seventh grade, Our Lady Star of the Sea School, Solomons

February is black history month. For next month’s Junior Saints, draw a picture of an African American man or woman and write about why you admire him or her. Send your drawings by Jan. 17 to:

Junior Saints

P.O. Box 4464

Washington, DC 20017

Please print or write your name clearly on your work and include the name of your parish or school and your grade. Please only send original drawings. Thanks!