School Spirit Challenge: St. John Vianney

School Spirit Challenge at St. John Vianney, part 3

WYOMING, MICH - The School Spirit Challenge isn't new to the students of St. John Vianney. They've collected toys for almost a decade, but that's not the only way they give back.

Two teachers took it upon themselves to organize a "Random Act of Kindness Month". It begins December 1. Students will receive a calendar with ideas on how they can perform a random act of kindness with their family. Ranging from baking cookies for policemen and fire fighters, to telling someone a joke. No good deed is too small or too large for the St. John Vianney Community.

The school has many promising students. One, in particular, is Madeline Crites. Crites is a 7th grader who has dreams of becoming an orthodontist. First, she's tackling middle school and the dress code. St. John Vianney students wear uniforms, and a piece of the female students attire consists of skirts. They were permitted to wear tights under their skirts, however weren't allowed to wear leggings.

"Leggings are warmer and they don't tear as easy as tights," said Crites. 

A lot of the female students also wanted to wear leggings, so Crites took it upon herself to write a letter to her principal, Gregg Bruno. He heard her, and thought she made a lot of valid points. So, the pair went to the school board and they agreed. Now, girls are permitted to wear leggings under their skirts, and Madeline says she was pleasantly surprised that her voice was heard.

"I thought they had more important problems than an opinion of a 7th grader," said Crites. "So, when I heard that they actually sat down and talked about it I was kind of surprised. I was happy that my voice was heard."

Madeline, along with Principal Bruno and the rest of the SJV community hope this will show other students that they can make a difference in their community.

"They sent out a letter to all the parents talking about what I did," said Crites. "They said I could inspire others, so I was really proud of myself for that."

As mentioned before, St. John Vianney is no stranger to giving back or the School Spirit Challenge. PAL, or the Principal Advisory League, is organizing the donations this year. If the students reach their goal Principal Bruno has agreed to paint his face half purple, half yellow, while another special staff member agreed to dye is hair! 

Good luck St. John Vianney! We can't wait to see all the toys you've collected on the finale of the School Spirit Challenge! Keep up the great work!

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