Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools (RDCRS) kicked off its first annual Division social justice project on May 9, raising a total of $14,814.

This year, staff across the Division 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,” said Kathleen Finnigan, Superintendent at Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools. “Thank you for opening your hearts and coming together to support those who are most vulnerable and marginalized in our community.”

Activities for this Division-wide social justice project included a video launch with a “Gear Down for a Good Cause” theme week from May 9 - 13 with a $20 donation. As well, on the May 6 professional development day, Division staff could order a lunch from Café Millennium or Bo’s Bar and Stage with a portion of the proceeds going to this cause. In addition, a 50/50 occurred from May 20 to June 2 with the winning number drawn the morning of June 3.

The lucky winner of the 50/50 was Kristie McCullough, vice principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Middle School, who took home $5,967.50.

Photo of people cheering. .Image courtesy of RDCRS.