During these unprecedented times, our students have missed out on time learning together, social time with peers, field trips, and many other events and moments that would mark the “normal” passing of spring. With this in mind, St. Joseph Parish School ISmaking plans to participate in the Walk for Virtues in support of Catholic education this May!
This event is our most critical fundraiser each year to help bring tuition assistance to families in our parish and community. Maybe more than any time, the need for financial assistance is a reality for families struggling with layoffs and business challenges due to COVID-19. The Walk is also designed to help raise awareness and show support for our school, and it serves as an opportunity to keep our students physically active and healthy. If we can’t all be together in the same space celebrating our school family, we can do something together in spirit! The virtues of faith and hope are essential right now. We believe that St. Joes makes an invaluable contribution to the Prescott community and society by integrating Christian virtues with an exceptional education. Walk for Virtues celebrates that role and our mission to live In Christ, As Christ and For Christ.
This year, the Walk will have a much different look due to not being in school. It will need to be conducted by families if and as they are able to participate, under the guidance of parents and within the guidelines of Governor Evers’ health order, “Safer at Home”. One thing we can do, and it has been encouraged during this time, is WALK!! Students and families can walk on the streets near their homes, in a park or on a nature trail, or even in their own yards. Rather than a 3 hour event on a single day, families will be able to conduct their “Walk” any time that the weather cooperates and when they have a 2 to 3 hour window available during the week of May 11th-17th. Students this year may earn their miles through time participating (equivalent of 3 miles per hour), or actual distance walked or run (for our older or more ambitious participants). If a student participates for 2 hours, they would earn the equivalent of 6 miles. If a family runs 9 miles together, that would be the distance each student earns. Parents will be responsible for tracking totals. Students will still receive a small foot for their WFV necklaces for each mile earned.
Each student will be encouraged to work toward a goal of at least $100 in pledges. They will also earn one big foot for their WFV necklaces for every $100 raised. Understanding the current social distancing norms in place, we encourage students to reach out to friends, family members and neighbors for pledges via phone, email, in a Zoom meeting, or whatever form of communication is safe. Supporters will be able to donate in two ways: via our Go Fund Me page, or by check. To reduce any handling exposure, we encourage all checks to be sent directly to the school at 281 Dakota Street S., Prescott WI 54021.
To simplify the pledge and collection process this year, we also ask students to request only Straight Pledges, rather than Per Mile Pledges. If you plan to walk or run 6, 8 or 10 miles, let your sponsor know your goal and ask for a flat pledge amount. Pledge sheets will be provided to our school families electronically next week. You can simply track your pledges in the document, or print it out and use it as a hard copy. The form will have space to collect contact information of your sponsors so we can verify paid pledges.
One hundred percent of contributions made to Walk for Virtues go toward your family fundraising obligation, and this money is used exclusively for tuition scholarships for our students!Our school goal this year is $10,000.