When sending his monthly letters to parents, Principal Brendan Conroy often starts out by quoting a former colleague: always begin with gratitude. There is a lot to be thankful for with the spectacular start that St. Rita has had to the academic year. To Conroy, “The first month-and-a-half of the school year has been marked by the leadership of our students, particularly the Class of 2014.”
The start of a Big Brother mentoring program, initiated by members of the senior class, helps freshmen seamlessly transition into their lives as Ritamen. Activities, led by older students, included helping at freshman orientation, lunchtime check-ins with their little brothers, to working with Freshman Mentoring groups, and the creating of a month-long service project by class.
Conroy states “the legacy they are passing on to the younger students in the school is stronger than any message I could convey.”
The month long service program is central to what a Ritaman is. The students kicked off this project at an Augustinian Values Assembly on Tuesday, October 12, 2013. Each grade presented the organization they will be supporting.
During this month long challenge, seniors have chosen to support the Les Turner Foundation for ALS Research so that they can help St. Rita’s own, Coach Jim Angsten, a Health teacher who is living with the disease. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.lesturnerals.org/. T-shirts will be sold throughout the month, including at the football game on Friday, November 1.
The Class of 2015 will be helping the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in memory of John, a member of St. Rita’s Class of 2013. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.livelikejohn.org.
The Class of 2016 is working with the Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly organization that befriends elderly shut-ins. More information about the organization can be found at http://www.littlebrotherschicago.org.
The Class of 2017 will be collecting pop-tops for the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. More information about the organization can be found at http://rmhccni.org.