Clouds parted on Saturday, Oct. 5, and the sun warmed students and families from St. Peter’s Catholic School as they rode 6 miles through Delano on their annual Ride for a Reason. Participants in the first-ever 5K Fun Run/Walk just before the ride also experienced a rain-free route.
The two events were part of the school’s fundraising efforts during the annual Marathon for Non-public Education. St. Peter’s Principal Shannon Calice said Ride for a Reason was successful in reaching its goal of raising at least $50,000 to support the school.
Since early September, students collected more than 1,000 names of special people or causes for whom they rode “in memory of” or “in honor of” that day. And, they raised more than $51,000 to help operate St. Peter’s School. All of the proceeds will go to the school.
“We are deeply humbled by the generous support for our students and Ride for a Reason,” Calice said. “We are very grateful for donations, and most importantly, people’s willingness to share personal stories of people for whom we could ride.
“With every name and cause we collect, we are teaching our students the life-skill to stop, think beyond their own needs and reflect upon others and pray for their well-being,” she added.
Students added the names they collected to a large art mural, created by sixth-grade students and staff. Names included family, friends and acquaintances of donors, as well as causes and groups, such as people who have lost jobs, men and women in serving our country overseas, a better economy, children and families without homes, health and vitality of all, the success of local businesses and world peace.
The mural resides in the front hallway of the school, a daily reminder to students of the people and causes they will keep in their prayers all year.
Throughout the pledge drive, Calice, the Rev. Paul Kammen and the school’s teachers guided the students in a variety of special activities, such as a special Mass and daily readings of Ride for a Reason prayer intentions. These practices will continue throughout the school year.
Nearly 120 area businesses and civic organizations in Delano, Rockford, Loretto and Buffalo supported Ride for a Reason and were added to the mural. The local Knights of Columbus Council, original founders of the annual bike ride and fundraiser, donated $5,000 and provided volunteers to monitor intersections.
“We are particularly appreciative of the support from so many local businesses and organizations,” Calice said. “It’s a testament to how wonderful our communities are.”
For information about Ride for a Reason and St. Peter’s School, visit www.stpetersschool-delano.com.