Walk, service project part of Marathon Day

Epiphany School, Coon Rapids, celebrated its annual Marathon Day Oct. 6, with a community walk and service projects.

Mae Kennedy (left) and Brianna Brunner (right) at work in the kitchen during Epiphany School Marathon Day.

Mae Kennedy (left) and Brianna Brunner (right) at work in the kitchen during Epiphany School Marathon Day.

“This energetic family event starts off each school year and is our biggest fundraiser,” said Amy Weber-DeRaad of the Epiphany School Marathon Day Committee.

For over 30 years, Epiphany School has joined hundreds of schools statewide to participate in the Minnesota Marathon for non-public education.

This year’s theme at Epiphany is “Build a Dream and the Dream Will Build You” and the school’s goal is to raise $60,000 and provide 4,000 service hours, Weber-DeRaad said. With the marathon proceeds, the school will continue making investments in technology, she said.

“A core value of Epiphany Catholic School is service,” Weber-DeRaad said.

“Marathon is a great opportunity to instill the school’s mission to form the students into community stewards who will continue to provide service well into their adult lives.”

Oct. 6, almost 200 volunteers helped clean windows, the main church, school classrooms and the outside church grounds.

“Again this year, we included service opportunities at Feed My Starving Children,” Weber-DeRaad said.

“Over 200 people attended our assigned shifts and packed more than 52,000 meals.”

Underlying all of this was a driving need to honor the memory and legacy of Pat Bredenkamp, associate principal, who died suddenly on Sept. 24, according to Weber-DeRaad.

Miss B, also known as “Lady Pink,” was an advocate of each student, encouraging them to use their talents and abilities in service to others, Weber-DeRaad said.

A special tribute was offered in her honor Sept. 28 as the entire school lifted up prayers and released pink prayer balloons in the church’s rosary prayer garden, she said.

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