St. Joseph’s 4K 4 a Cause

After attending a retreat to find out about the homeless and the agencies that help them in Northern Kentucky, the students of St. Joseph organized a Color Run to raise funds for those agencies. They raised $1500 in total. They also collected sample sized toiletries to donate, totaling 9 boxes in all.

Forty-four students were able to engage the entire school in the service learning project. They worked with Welcome House, Parish Kitchen, and Emergency Drop In Center NKY.

While on the retreat, students did small group activities about the causes of homelessness and how one can help the situation by meeting immediate needs but also by changing policy. This helped them decide to do the sample size toiletry drive involving the school and the color run involving the community.

They printed fliers, made fact signs posted along the course about homelessness, created logo for t-shirts, invited other schools to run, contacted newspaper for advertising, filled bottles and “manned” the color stations, laid out the course and created a live band that 2 students and their Dads played during the run.

Most of the students worked the event but a few did participate as well. All this work helped change the students’ opinions of homeless people and elicited a true feeling of compassion and wanting to help the less fortunate.