“It is amazing to watch our middle school students step up and run the program of various games, contests and competitions for all of our lower school teams to enjoy,” said Ms. Molly Maher, Dean of Students.
Lemont, IL (PRWEB) November 19, 2014
The Everest Academy Lemont gym was alive with the sounds of Louis Armstrong’s “When the Saints Come Marching In” on Friday afternoon, November 1st, as the Everest Academy students marched in full costume, dressed as the saint they had chosen to recognize for All Saints Day.
After picking a saint that meant something to them, all of the students researched and wrote about them, presenting a few special facts to their classmates. Mrs. Marcia Sarmiento, an Everest mom from Willow Springs, appreciated how much her sons, Kai (2nd grade) and Jonas (Kindergarten) learned researching their saints and how much fun they had choosing special items for their “Saint Bag” that particularly referenced each saint. “They have had so much fun getting ready for this day that this morning one of my sons said he did not want to dress up as his Star Wars guy this evening!”
The goal of the All Saints tradition at Everest is twofold: Get to know your saint and then emulate the saint in character and virtue. Opportunities to do just that were provided throughout the afternoon during the All Saints Day Celebration and Competition. “It is amazing to watch our middle school students step up and run the program of various games, contests and competitions for all of our lower school teams to enjoy,” said Ms. Molly Maher, Dean of Students. Kaitlyn Lopez, a 6th grader who came to Everest a year ago from out of state, had this to say, “I am enjoying getting to help the younger classes and watch for virtue in action and acts of kindness. I appreciate that it is not just looking like your saint, it is acting and being like him/her also.”
Practice makes perfect, and Everest Academy provided its students opportunities to act like saints by practicing teamwork, discipline, patience, focus and redirection of energy during the All Saints Day Celebration. Sarah Herboth, Faith Formation Director at Everest Academy describes saints as, “People who learn to love God with all of their hearts; live their lives like Christ, and do so in such a way that others want to be like them. They are apostles for Christ.” What better lesson for the students at Everest Academy to receive on All Saints Day.
Everest Academy is an independent Roman Catholic school in Lemont educating children from preschool through eighth grade. The teachers and staff are dedicated to forming the whole child by providing the highest level of academics, by building strong character, and by preparing generous leaders ready to serve the community. If you would like to learn more about Everest Academy’s unique approach to education, please contact KC Wollenberg at 630-243-1995 or visit http://www.everestadvantage.org.