One small step for students; one large step for Saint Anselm Catholic Academy.
The Pre-K-8 school, attached to Saint Anselm parish at 365 83rd Street, celebrated its 22nd annual Walk 4 Education walkathon on Wednesday, October 15, a fundraiser that organizer Wendy Benitez said benefits both the students and the school each year.
“Each year the students walk for a better education,” said Benitez as she and fellow parents geared up to chaperone the walk which went off without a hitch, despite a few rainclouds overhead. “We do it so that the children know the importance of a Catholic education and also so that we can raise money to strengthen that education.”
The younger kids walked just a few blocks with parents while the older grades got to walk all the way to Shore Road. The school-wide stride was kicked off with a word and a prayer from Monsignor John Maloney.
“Sure, you’re going to have a good time walking today but you’re also participating in something that is going to help the school,” said Maloney, “not just today, but in the future.”
Local dignitaries and Principal James McKeon echoed that sentiment.
“It’s a beautiful thing that you’re doing,” lauded Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who was followed on the floor by John Quaglione, representative for State Senator Marty Golden, and Liam McCabe, representative for Congressmember Michael Grimm. “You’re raising money for the school, not only for yourself but for future generations.”