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Students in East Harlem Complete Service Project for Pope Francis [Photo: Kansas Guidry, WFUV]

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Students in East Harlem completed the service project they'll present to Pope Francis next week when he comes to New York.  The second- and fourth-graders are working to help kids their own age.
 
The students at St. Ann School sorted piles of food and personal items. The donations will go toward helping sick children and their families at the Ronald McDonald House in Manhattan. Fourth-grader Noah Rodriguez said it feels good to help out others.
 
"I would recommend it to whoever's listening," Rodriguez said.
 
Six students have been chosen to present the project to the Pope. Fourth-grader Maziya Clemente said she knows how he'll react.
 
"He's going to say, 'This is a very good school,'" Clemente said.
 
Principal Hope Mueller said service is an important part of the school's mission and she said the project aligns with the Pope's values.
 
"We're doing our best to answer his call," Mueller said.
 
The students from St. Ann School will greet the Pope during his classroom visit to the nearby Our Lady Queen of Angels on September 25th.