Today through early October, St. Max’s School students will ask for the public’s support of their annual “Ride for a Reason,” a six-mile bike ride October 4th, associated with the school’s Marathon for Nonpublic Education pledge drive.
As in past years, the students are asking supporters in person and online for the names of special people or groups for whom they can ride in memory or honor of that day.
“With every name and cause we collect, we are teaching our students the life-skill to stop, think beyond their own needs, and reflect upon others and pray for their well-being,” said St. Max’s School principal, Shannon Calice. “Ride for a Reason falls in step with our mission to provide a foundation for a faith-filled, productive life.”
The school’s preschool – 6th grade students will pray for all names and causes collected during the school year at several Masses, in daily announcements and religion units.
By October 4, the school hopes to raise $50,000 and collect more than 1,000 names from the bike ride. Names might range from people who are suffering from illness or celebrating milestones, to groups in need of support, such members of the military or families and local businesses impacted by the economy.
The students will add the names they collect to a large Ride for a Reason art mural, designed teachers and upper-grade students. Local businesses that support Ride for a Reason will appear on the mural, which will be on display for the public to see at the ride’s finish line in the City Park and other public events.
In addition, the school’s staff will guide students during the month in a variety of special activities, such as a daily reading of names collected, special Masses, and educational units that convey the importance of supporting others.
The Marathon has a rich history at St. Max’s School, thanks to its founders, the local Knights of Columbus Council (Immaculate Conception Council No. 4653). In the mid-1970s, the Council established the Marathon as the successful event that it is today.
“Our unique approach builds on the foundation laid by the Knights of Columbus,” Calice said. “They continue to be an integral part of our Marathon and are deeply supportive of our effort to educate our students about the value of helping others.”
Local Business Support
In 2013, more than 120 businesses donated to Ride for a Reason. The public also is invited to visit Dave’s Town Club to support Ride for a Reason in a special way. On Tuesdays, from September 2 – September 30, Dave’s Town Club will donate 10 percent of sales between 5 p.m. and closing.
If members of the community miss the opportunity to pledge a student, pledges and prayer intentions can be taken online or by mail at St. Max’s School, 235 South 2nd Street, P.O. Box 470, Delano, MN 55328.