Freshmen present $500 check to local charity
During Catholic Schools Week, the Spartans were busy giving back to our community. During All-School Mass on Wednesday, a group of freshmen girls presented a check for $500 to the Pray, Hope, Believe Foundation.
Please see the speech below given at our All-School Mass by freshman, Anna Merz, about the work put into this donation, and the decision to give to Pray
"In Dr. Downey’s English class, we had the opportunity to partner with UC’s Center for Economics to design a T-shirt. Not only did we design T-shirts,
that was cool enough, but we could sell our shirts here at school to raise money for charity! Everyone quickly realized how easy it would be to
make a difference. We went to work. In our groups, we created businesses. Within our businesses, we had interviews from professionals outside of
school for positions such as a CEO and marketing director. We began to do external research on a local nonprofit; representatives from non profits
even came to Roger Bacon so the groups could interview them and get a better idea of the nonprofit and its purpose.
Time went by, and one business stood above the rest. A group of external judges from the University of Cincinnati evaluated group presentations and recognized Aaliyah Dodson, Madisyn Cook, Kloe Young, and Emma Curran as the winner of the competition.
This group of young women advocated for the Pray Hope Believe Foundation. Mr. And Mrs. Merk started this foundation just after their 6 year old son died of brain cancer. Mr. and Mrs. Merk wanted to help so other families wouldn't have to go through the same thing. Pray Hope Believe raises money for pediatric brain cancer research. They also provide prayers, moral support, and hope to families of children fighting life-threatening illnesses. Their son, Tony, was an incredible little guy. Some of my fellow students and 2 of the winners actually went to school with him back at Our Lady of Grace. The things they remember about Tony are inspirational. They say he was always smiling, laughing, and high-fiving everyone in the hallways. We are here today to show our appreciation for the Merk’s and all that they do."
Great job by our Spartans! We are very proud of all their hard work.