Holy Rosary alums continue mission of service
Recently two graduates of Holy Rosary School in Duluth, Tim Hoeksema and Joseph Sundal (class of 2014), dedicated their Friday night to service. As members of the Duluth East High School Key Club, a service based organization, Hoeksema and Sundal spent the evening sleeping outside in cardboard boxes with only the bare necessities to raise awareness of homelessness in Duluth. When asked about his experience, Sundal said, “Even though we slept outside we were fortunate enough to bring what we needed. I thought about people experiencing homelessness not having what they need and trying to find what they can to survive the harsh conditions.” From this experience, the students gained empathy and a better understanding of a very real problem that plagues the community. Hoeksema said, “I learned a little bit about the conditions the homeless have to live with on a daily basis. I can’t imagine what it is like on colder, rainy or snowy nights.” These students have continued to participate in many other service opportunities since their graduation from Holy Rosary School, including altar serving at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, training new servers, helping teach and supervise younger music students at the Holy Rosary School band camp and volunteering at multiple St. Michael’s Lakeside School and St. Michael’s Church events. Other Holy Rosary alumni also took part in the overnight event including Rianna Amberg and Elizabeth Karakas (class of 2014) and Chris Larson, Lacey Robertson and Gabe Stanley (class of 2012). All participating students raised funds to support Life House, a local youth homeless shelter. Students take pride in the hours of service that they contribute to the community. When this is happening, it is then that the school community can say that the message has not only been delivered but embraced, and they have succeeded.
Pumpkin Bingo at Marquette
The social hall at Holy Spirit Church in Virginia was filled with students and friends of Marquette Catholic School Oct. 14 for the free, annual pumpkin bingo event. A giant pumpkin is reserved for the black-out bingo finale.
Foundation dinner raises nearly $54,000
The 2015 St. Francis School Foundation Dinner Oct. 3 at Arrowwood Lodge in Brainerd was attended by more than 135 supporters. The keynote speaker for the event was Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist Paul Mary Dreger, who is the second grade teacher at Queen of Peace School in Cloquet. Liz Scofield, a St. Francis alumnus and current parent of students at the school, also spoke on her school experiences. Entertainment for the evening included a performance by the St. Francis School Trash Can Band and social hour music provided by alumna Kristin Ringhand. The annual event is chaired by Dr. Cassie Spitzley along with a dedicated group of committee volunteers. Nearly $54,000 was raised through the generosity of foundation supporters. The St. Francis School Foundation has played a key role in the school expansion project, tuition assistance and technology advancements. The objective of the foundation is to ensure the school has financial stability for the future.
Assumption’s inaugural Glow Run a success
Students of Assumption School in Hibbing raised more than $19,000, making its first Lumen Christi Glow Run a success. Students ages 4-12 illuminated the school’s field Oct. 10 wearing glow bracelets, necklaces, face paint and other various glowing items which the students earned by fundraising. “I think Lumen Christi was the appropriate name for this wonderful night,” Father Nick Nelson said. “The joy of the kids and the community shared by the parents present gave witness to the light of Christ burning in their hearts!” Interim principal Christine Grunenwald said, “This year’s Lumen Christi Glow Run was a new event for our school taking the place of our annual bike marathon. We saw a renewed excitement and energy from the students with this exciting new event.” Students ran laps around a track according to grade; first grade ran one lap, second grade ran two laps, etc.
Fun adventure for Marquette sixth-graders
Marquette Catholic School, Virginia, sixth-graders embarked on a three-day adventure to Wolf Ridge Environmental Center in Finland, Minn. The students studied environmental science, cultural history and current environmental issues while engaging in personal growth and team building activities. Almost all of the activities at Wolf Ridge are outdoors, giving the students a chance to study in God’s biggest classroom.