2011 Lenten Project

by Kevin Vanover '11


In the year's past, the Salesianum Lenten Project has focused on raising money to benefit international organizations, primarily organizations rooted in developing third world countries. Over the last two years, Salesianum has helped the Kenya Water is Life Organization and Fr. Baju's school in India. There is still a great need for our annual support as a Salesian Community; however, the opportunity presented itself to help an organization that is much closer to home. This year, the Nativity Preparatory School of Wilmington will be the focus of the Lenten Project. Many of us are already very familiar with Nativity Prep and its role in the Salesian Community, but for those of us who are not, Nativity Prep, like Salesianum, promotes the intellectual, spiritual, athletic, and social development of its students—in light of the teachings of St. Francis de Sales.


This year for the Lenten Project, in addition to the traditional homeroom collections, there will be several opportunities for everyone to showcase their talents, get involved, and help support Nativity Prep. The first event that will benefit the Lenten Project is the Battle of the Bands, which will be on Friday March 18th at 7:00PM in the auditorium. This is a change from previous years where it has typically been during school. Mr. Cox has been working tirelessly to ensure that it is a good time! Tickets are only $5 each and there will be an opportunity the night of the event to vote for the best band.


The next major event is entirely new to Salesianum. On April 10, there will be a 6 vs 6 dodge ball tournament. Everyone will be given the chance to sign up and create their own teams. The cost is only $10/person and is a guaranteed competitive fun time. The method for the process of elimination will be contingent upon the amount of teams that sign up and determined closer to the event.


The final aspect of the Lenten Project this year incorporates the participation of the spring sport athletes. We are trying to organize sponsors for each sport where for certain aspects of the game people will vow to donate a small amount of money, and at the end of the regular season the team captains will collect the money from the sponsors and then turn it in to go towards the Lenten Project.


More information for all facets of the Lenten Project will follow. However, as we journey through the Lenten Season and work towards helping Nativity Prep, let us remember that Lent is a time for personal reflection and bettering of ourselves. One way in which we can do this is through reaching out to others and going above the call of duty.