CROWN POINT | Students and adults will step off from at St. Mary Catholic Community School on Oct. 11 to show their appreciation for teachers by participating in a fundraising walk-a-thon.
Organized by St. Mary’s Parish Council and Finance Council, parishioners, parents, and other community members will start off the Teacher Appreciation Walk-A-Thon at 9 a.m.
Eighth-graders will lead student body, departing from Rosary Lane at 10 a.m. They will be followed by students in grades 5 to 7 on a three-mile trek that will take them as far east as Indiana Avenue, to Crown Point’s historic downtown square, and as far south as Greenwood Avenue. Students in kindergarten through grade 4 will walk much of the same route on their two-mile trek.
The purpose of the walk is to raise funds for the teachers. "Teachers at St. Mary’s dedicate their lives to educating children at great personal sacrifice. They forego higher salaries that could be earned elsewhere in order to teach where they feel that they are 'called'," said Principal Tom Ruiz. "St. Mary’s parish, led by the Rev. Patrick Kalich and Sister Joanne Marie Schutz, have chosen to recognize the teachers of St. Mary’s for their dedication by organizing this event. Support from the community has been tremendous."
To learn more or contribute, call (219) 663-0044.