7th & 8th grades-Run for Life
Understanding and valuing the sacredness of life is the foundation of the seventh and eighth grade Christian social justice project, Run for Life. Seventh and eighth grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School study the Seven Principals of Catholic Social Teaching, particularly the Life and Dignity of the Human Person and the encyclicals Humane Vitae and Evangelium Vitae. Written by Pope Paul VI, Humane Vitae reiterates the duty married couples have to be open to God, one another, and to children as well as their responsibility to “create and foster human life and all that it entails.” Evangelium Vitae, written by St. John Paul II, boldly proclaims the obligation that all people have “to respect, protect, love and serve every human life” and that the “family will always remain, in accordance with God’s plan, the sanctuary of life.” These encyclicals as well as the teachings of the Church found in the Catechism of the Catholic Church in addition to those found in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church are taught in Faith Formation class. These teachings establish the responsibility Catholics have to God, to the life and dignity of every person and to reach out to others in need.
Seventh and eighth grade students directly participate in preparing for and organizing the fundraiser. In their Spanish and Language Arts classes students research the organizations that support life then present their findings to younger students to encourage their participation in the Run for Life through prayer and donations. The students create money jars and posters for the classrooms to inform the school community of their mission, distribute and collect the donation receptacles, and raffle off baskets of goodies for their peers. All proceeds are given to the Knights of Columbus, sponsors of the Run for Life, who, in turn, direct the funds to the local Mary’s Shelter for mothers who choose life for their unborn children rather than abortion.
The seventh and eighth grade students at St. Joseph Catholic School are proud share the joy of the Gospel by living the Good News of Jesus Christ who said, “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13: 34-35).