Last week six students from St. Rita High School, led by senior Brad Glazier, delivered over 1,172 pounds of food items to the Ronald McDonald Charity House to help supply the needy in the Chicagoland communities. In fact, 14 different schools took part in a challenge to donate the most food and the contest brought approximately 9,335 pounds of food with Brad Glazier and the St. Rita Mustangs leading the way.
Glazier, a resident of Homer Glen, is a board member of the Ronald McDonald Teen House and the President of the Social Awareness Commission at St. Rita. He wanted to find a way to give back to the community and believed getting his fellow classmates involved would be the best way. “Our school is full of great guys that go out of their way to help out,” Glazier stated. “What better way than to use the strength of our student body to help the people that really need it in our community.”
Glazier also partnered with another group at St. Rita, the Knights of Augustine, a group of students that come together to do various charity work throughout the year. With their help and the help of campus ministry, Glazier was able to take his idea to the administration.
Glazier went to Principal Brendan Conroy asking permission for a “dress down day”, where students can dress out of uniform as long as they bring in at least two cans of food. Conroy immediately approved the idea and this past Tuesday, Glazier and his classmates were able to collect over 2,000 items of food and almost $200, all of which will be donated.
The donated food will go to help the Food Checkout Day where the Cook County Farm Bureau, partnered with Ronald McDonald House Charities, collects all the food and disperses it in the Chicagoland neighborhoods. The goal is to collect enough food through this drive to feed their neighborhoods for the entire year.
Glazier, a member of various clubs and groups at St. Rita as well as a standout on the lacrosse field, feels it is their obligation as a school to give back to a community that has given so much to them. “Sometimes we take for granted what we have. We go to lunch everyday knowing that food is there, we all wanted to give that same feeling to the people in this community.”