As always, I’m inspired by volunteers who work hard in their community to make a difference.
In our Hegewisch neighborhood of Chicago, the talk still focuses on St. Florian School and its efforts to stay open beyond this summer. The Chicago Archdiocese has listed the school as one of those set to close this year, but school parents and the community have rallied in an effort to show they can raise the $200,000 necessary to help subsidize the school themselves.
Tag days held in downtown Hegewisch and efforts to shovel snow for donations have been helping. A local pizza place donated part of its profits from Monday and Tuesday nights. Even the delivery drivers insisted on donating a portion of their tips. It’s been great to see all the community coming together to save the school, which serves students through eighth grade.
To make an online donation, you can visit gofundme.com/6aq2vg.
The message on the site sums it up the best. “A community is only as strong as its neighborhood partners, and St. Florian School is a vital partner to the Hegewisch community. The school’s closing will not only affect the students and their families, but also the thousands of students St. Florian has offered quality education to over the past 108 years and the entire Hegewisch community.”
Pledge forms are also available on the school website, stflorianschool.org, and in the school office.
The Save St. Florian committee has a Facebook page, which it updates almost daily with the most recent efforts. It currently has more than 1,000 fans.
Committee members are selling beautiful drinking glasses, called angel glasses, painted with the St. Florian logo for $25 each. One hundred percent of the price goes to St. Florian. You can see the glasses on the Facebook page.
They will also be sold at the school’s pancake breakfast and book fair, which takes place from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday at the school gymnasium, 13110 S. Baltimore Ave.
Breakfast costs $6 for adults, $4 for children and is free for kids 3 and younger. Dine on all-you-can-eat eggs, waffles, chorizo and sausage.
There will also be gift raffles.
When people comment about the school recently, I’m seeing a lot of them saying, they “only” have 108 students. Well, when you see how hard those 108 students and their families are working, it makes you realize how much the school matters. Keep it up! Your community is behind you.
Lansing Golden-K Club
The Lansing Golden-K Club recently collected donations at the Strack & Van Til store in Munster.
All of the donations go to about 17 different charitable organizations the club helps. They include cancer research, the police and fire departments and two high schools in Lansing, among others.
“We had a great many people give their donations to our club, which we were very grateful,” said Ray Scahill, one of the club members.
Among those collecting funds was Franklin Corpuz. He is a Kiwanis Club member from the Philippines who was working as a guest collector.