This year staff across Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools raised money to support the Morning Star Program at Catholic Social Services. (Image from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools)

This year staff across Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools raised money to support the Morning Star Program at Catholic Social Services. (Image from Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools)

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools raise almost $15,000 for social justice project

Money goes to Catholic Social Services program

Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools kicked off its first annual division social justice project on May 9 and raised $14,814.

This year, staff supported the Morning Star Program – a safe haven for women – initiated by Catholic Social Services. Morning Star provides women, who are vulnerable of, at risk of, or are being exploited, with a safe place to access basic necessities, such as hygiene products and laundry services.

“We are so grateful for the many contributions to our division social justice project, Reach for the Stars, in support of the CSS Morning Star Program. Thank you for opening your hearts and coming together to support those who are most vulnerable and marginalized in our community,” said superintendent Kathleen Finnigan.

Activities for the project included a video launch with a “Gear Down for a Good Cause” theme week from May 9 to 13 with a $20 donation.

On professional development day on May 6, staff could order a lunch from Café Millennium or Bo’s Bar and Stage with a portion of the proceeds going to the cause.

A 50/50 draw was held from May 20 to June 2, and the winner, Kristie McCullough, vice-principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School, took home $5,967.50.

“It is amazing how our division came together to support such an important cause in our community. When we work together we can accomplish great things,” said Tara Lawrance, counsellor/teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School.



News tips

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division