Yesterday, our school community kicked of the Second Annual U of D Jesuit: Pledge Detroit! As you may remember from last year, this is a school-wide initiative that serves as the largest student-driven fundraiser of the year. Rather than selling raffle tickets, our students collect pledges that support them when, on October 4th, our entire school gives itself over to a day of service in the city of Detroit. This year, we are pleased to be returning to Belle Isle, Historic Fort Wayne, and adding Palmer Park.
It is easy, I suspect, for schools to use handy quotes like "AMDG" or "Men for Others" when talking about what they do as a school. What I am most proud about Pledge Detroit is that it allows our students to do more than say that they are "Men for Others." Pledge Detroit gives them an opportunity to be "Men for Others" together as they put their hands where their mouths usually are! That we are able to involve our alumni and the parents of our students makes this day all the more special: sons working with parents, teachers with students, alumni coming together again, all out of a sense of responsibility for the city our school has called home for 134 years.
If you get a moment, fell free to visit the site, linked below. Please keep our students in your prayers as we approach October 4th and our second effort at giving back to a city that has given us so much. Pray, too, for good weather: I may have 900 ponchos in my closet in case of rain, but I'd rather not have to use them!!