What started out as effort to generate funds for new school sports and PE equipment turned into a big opportunity to renew community spirit at St. John the Baptist Catholic School. Administration and parent leadership envisioned an event that was healthy and safe, but would also “spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, but encouraging one another.” As the “can do” attitude prevailed, creative minds developed a plan that allowed the school to raise money and family spirits at the same time.
“The idea really came together out of our collective sense of responsibility for each other that we have always fostered here at SJB,” said the school’s rector, Father Damien. “God encourages us to take care of our neighbors and we must remember the importance of maintaining a meaningful connection with one another, especially during these trying times.”
Balloons were unfurled, spirited banners were displayed, and inspiring music filled the air as children laughed, played, and jogged on cohort-focused socially distanced tracks. But most importantly, parents and their families gathered in the open air, with masks on, at safe social distances, to cheer their students on, wave to good friends, and be present “in community.”
Principal Paula Viles, declared the day a complete success. “It was like a mini homecoming. We are very close to achieving our fundraising goal but what really matters is that our campus was filled with happy families and that is the life’s blood that fuels our faith community.”