By: Rebekah Barnes, SFLA Northwest Regional Coordinator
The Marist for Life Club at Marist Catholic High School is unstoppable. After an incredible 2012-2013 school year, the Marist for Life Club at Marist Catholic High School has hit the ground running again. They are active, passionate, and fearless in their defense of life and their support of women in their community. This club is a regular presence with club field trips and individual students fulfilling their Christian Service hours with their local 40 DFL campaign.
While this fabulous club has only been back to school for a month, they have managed to participate in a number of pro-life events. These caring and compassionate students hosted a fabulous Diaper drive and raised over 1,000 diapers for the local pregnancy center 1st Way. We are thankful for their commitment to reach out with signs of hope for pregnant women.
The Marist for Life Club also stirred up conversation on campus by participating in the West Coast National Chalk Day. They courageously chalked 3,500 hearts on their campus to show their classmates the reality of abortion. This activity allowed them to engage the hearts and minds of their classmates and spread the message of life. The advisor for the club Heidi Susec had this to say,
“At Marist we set a goal of drawing 3500 hearts, representing the number of abortions which occur daily in the United States alone. The message: “Abortion stops 3500 hearts every day” was written in block letters across the courtyard. The lunch period on Wednesday started with just the pro-life club members, but we were soon joined by many Marist students drawing chalk hearts. Although our club has approximately 20 students involved regularly in our activities and events, by the end of lunch at least 50 students were drawing hearts, and many, many more students and staff were present showing support. It was awe inspiring to experience students educating one another on respect for life as the lunch period unfolded and the courtyard filled with hearts.”
The club also held a Pizza Lunch to introduce freshmen to the club.
Marist Students for Life are raising the bar for high school pro-life groups. Way to go!