This year, the SFX literacy and library team talked about ways that authors, community leaders and even SFX alumni have become change makers committed to making the world a better place. On February 7th, Ali Sage and Joe Clark joined our 5th-8th grade students here on campus to talk about Back on My Feet, an organization that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. Dr. Sage shared some of her experiences working with the homeless and how this has made a difference in the lives of others. You can learn more about Back on My Feet here and watch a Bank of America Chicago Marathon video featuring Joe and his journey to overcome life’s challenges to get back on his feet here. At our students’ request, the Back on My Feet team returned to St. Francis for a Fun Run on our SFX track and in the new school gym. 3rd-8th grade students took turns running in teams and our 7th grade SFX Girl Scout troop raised money through a bake sale in connection with the run.
SFX also hosted New York Times best selling author and illustrator Nathan Hale, noted for his historically-based graphic novels that feature US historical figures responsible for powerful action and change. Mr. Hale spent the day on campus making presentations on the writing process and leading workshops centered around illustration. Students enjoyed the opportunity to learn from a leading literary talent with a contagious enthusiasm for American history. We look forward to next year’s RED campaign and the many ways it will inspire, inform and expand our horizons.