These children are being taught a basic truth of life about morality and the call to help others — which doesn’t require a government program.

Integral to the Christian observance of Lent, as well as being a student at Immaculata Catholic School, is serving others. For the past five years, students at the pre-K-8 school have raised money for students in Haiti to go to school. This year, they completed their Lenten fundraising within the first week of the liturgical season leading up to Easter.

Helping others should be second nature to us all, but sadly, much of American society has ceded the responsibility to government. It is well past time to change that.