Holy Cross students takeover Deerfield for charity
Holy Cross School students Rachel Kunzi (left to right) of Riverwoods, Margaret Guanci of Riverwoods, and Grace Sluzynski of Deerfield, pick up bags of donations during the third annual De-Feet Hunger effort in Deerfield. | Buzz Orr~Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 25, 2012 2:50PM
DEERFIELD — Deerfield residents living near Holy Cross School near downtown may have recently seen a lot more of the students in their neighborhoods lately.
For the last few weeks, the Catholic school has embarked on a number of charity projects that bring awareness to drug abuse and hunger. Both campaigns have taken the students out of their classrooms, explained Holy Cross principal Janice DiVincenzo.
In one the school’s latest projects, on Oct. 16, the entire student body spent 45 minutes running and walking around the school as part of its 2012 De-Feet Hunger/Food Drive.
At about 9:30 a.m., the entire school met in the gym for a blessing by Father Vince Costello, then the students headed out for the a walk-a-thon.
Teachers had set up start and finish lines before students arrived that morning. As soon as they were given the go-ahead, some of the students bolted forward and ran as fast as they could around the school’s building on Elder Lane.
With music blaring and many of the students in their Holy Cross Walk-a-Thon T-shirts, the goal was to bring attention to both causes.
“It’s nice that the whole school is coming together,” said Lake Forest 13-year-old Case Brennan, her grade’s class president. “Even little kids get something out of it.”
The walk-a-thon worked in conjunction with a food pick up program, implemented by the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders, DiVincenzo added.
Earlier this month, the sixth-graders left about 600 empty bags on neighbors’ doorsteps with notes, explaining that students would be back Oct. 16 to pick up bags of food for the Deerfield Food Pantry. The seventh-graders picked up the bags filled with canned food and cleaning supplies last week and the eighth grade finished the job by delivering the goods to the pantry, DiVincenzo said.
On Sunday, a group of Holy Cross students were out putting red ribbons around Deerfield trees for Red Ribbon Week, a national drug awareness program traditionally held the last week of October. Earlier this month, the Deerfield Village Board proclaimed the week between Oct. 23 and Oct. 31 to be Red Ribbon Week in the village.
On Sept. 14, the entire school also participated in its annual Day of Service, DiVincenzo said.
Pre-kindergarteners made dog treats for a animal shelter. Kindergartners, first- and second-graders decorated bags for the school’s Thanksgiving Food Drive. Third-graders made cookies and lemonade for the school’s after school reception. Fourth- and fifth-graders cut down buckthorn in Daniel Wright Woods. Sixth-graders made sandwiches for PADS of Lake County. Seventh- and eighth-graders packed food at the Feed My Starving Children warehouse in Schaumburg.