Life of a Brave: #BraveTogether Fundraiser Shows Strength of Community in Time of Crisis
by Ryan Tavera
Since its founding in 1940, St. John Bosco High School has been committed to empowering students to develop and achieve their fullest potential, but due to the recent economic decline caused by COVID-19, St. John Bosco’s goal to serve students has been put in jeopardy. Luckily, our community has stayed #BraveTogether to make sure no one gets left behind.
COVID-19 has made nearly 10 percent of our families struggle to make due and pay tuition. Furthermore, the pandemic has resulted in several major fundraising events being canceled. As a result, an estimated $250,000+ was lost that needs to be made up.
Previously, Bosco aided 60 percent of students through its tuition assistance program. Unfortunately, no additional funds are available to help these families. So during these hard times, it is stressed as a faith and school community that we exercise perseverance and offer a helping hand to our fellow Bosco families.
The Brave Together fundraiser serves as a beacon of strength and unity and to inspire others to help one another.
“We responded to the challenges our families are facing due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 by establishing the Brave Together Emergency Fund. I hope the emergency fund offers a sign of hope to our students and families who are uncertain about their futures due to this crisis. We are in this together and that’s ultimately what this emergency fund is about,” said Ms. Amy Krisch, Director of Special Events at Bosco.
Thus, the Brave Together Emergency Fund was created in the hope of giving every student the opportunity to continue their education at St. John Bosco.
“You’re not alone and St. John Bosco High School is here to be that support as best we can, and if we’re able to help, then this emergency fund is serving its purpose,” Ms. Krisch said.
The creation of the Bosco Fundraiser signifies the sense of unity and brotherhood among the student body. Bosco has always been committed to this idea of togetherness and COVID-19 is our community’s biggest test.
“What makes Bosco truly unique is the family we’ve built within our community and in the last nine weeks we’ve shown how we come together when we’re in need — and it’s made us even stronger. No Brave left behind, we’re already living this. This is what community does, we support each other and come out on the other side, together,” said Ms. Krisch.
Ultimately, it is only up to one person you as an individual as stated previously COVID-19 is this family’s biggest test, and it is up to every individual within the Bosco family to help pass this test. As a brotherhood and community, we must come together and give not because we are pressured to do so, but rather because we may possess the ability and believe in our school’s mission and the perseverance of that mission.
“We have realized that we are in the same boat, all of us fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and needed, all of us called to row together, each of us in need of comforting the other,” Pope Francis said of the faithful during this crisis, a direct message to our own community of faith to give whatever we can.
If you are in the position to donate and wish to help, more information is located here on how to stay #BraveTogether.