Bethany Janzen, SFLA’s Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator
On Thursday, November 3rd, Regis Jesuit High School Students for Life broke records by collecting 40,313 diapers for local families in need.
After an intense month of lobbying their friends and classmates to contribute, thirteen club members loaded the packs of diapers into a small semi-truck for them to make their way to Alternatives Pregnancy Center and Catholic Charities which provide free support to struggling families in the Denver area.
Last year, the club broke previous records by collecting 24,000 diapers. But this year, they nearly doubled that record. The secrete to their success lay partly in their competition.
Since Regis Jesuit has separate girls and boys divisions, the club pitted the boys against the girls for a competition. Then, RJ Students for Life club plastered the campus with flyers and teachers offered extra credit or parties if 80 percent of the students brought in diapers. One theology teacher offered extra credit for his classes; the sophomore class won with 4,962 diapers.
The result? The boys were victorious collecting a whopping 24,000 diapers; the girls brought in 16,000.
“It was amazing to see the whole Regis community come together to help families in need. Everyone contributed which is what made it such a huge success!” said Abby Kassel, RJ Students for Life Girl’s Division President.
RJ certainly came together. And they came together for something so much greater than just a competition. “I am grateful to have been a part of [changing] the lives of many children and women,” Max Ronyak remarked, RJ Students for Life Boy’s Division President.
Meghan Dudzic, Public Relations Coordinator of RJ Girl’s Division Students for Life, summed up the event beautifully:
“I am humbled to be a part of an experience so much bigger than me. Seeing how my school came together to help these women and their babies showed me how love can move us to do anything God sets us to. I hope to help continue this tradition at Regis and cannot wait to see what the babies of these mothers grow up to become!”
Find out how your pro-life student group can help pregnant and parenting students at www.pregnantoncampus.org!