St. Raphael students moved by faith

Eighth-grade students at St. Raphael School participated in Rock the Challenge.

If you live near St. Raphael School you may have wondered what all the activity, energy and music was about on Sept. 10. The St. Raphael School community participated in an all-day event focused on prayer, community, service, faith and inspired action by dedicating physical activity to a greater purpose.

The event is called Rock the Challenge and it was a day to remember for students, faculty, staff and the parish community. There were a number of outdoor activities taking place, including an obstacle course. The students and staff pushed themselves physically, all the while being motivated to continue by dedicating their physical activity to their own personal intention. Everyone was inspired and cheering as principle Anne Miller finished the day by running the course herself.

But where the real "magic" happened was inside the walls of the church and school. Students attended multiple stations where they worked on service projects to benefit a number of organizations in the community. Here's what they accomplished: 750 letters were written to service men and women; 250 backpacks were stuffed for Undercover Kids Club and sent to the Arrupe House; 90 blankets were made for Fill This House; and 600 vases and flowers were made for the Village Project.

Whether it was something we could count or not, every part of Rock the Challenge truly helped the St. Raphael community. Together we were "Moved by Faith," which is the theme of this school year, to give back to the community around us. Keep an eye out for SRS students and staff as they are #movedbyfaith throughout the community this school year. 

Wendy Mark

I am a parent of children attending St. Raphael School

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015