Annual Fund 2018
At Christ the King, we strive to embody the Jesuit maxim “Men and Women For and With Others.” In fact, our mission states that we:
“Challenge and inspire our young women and men through the integration of academics, work experience and extracurricular activities to lead lives of integrity, faith and servant leadership for the greater glory of God.”
We couldn’t do this without you. Your support provides our students with a challenging academic curriculum that focuses on college from day one, includes real work experience, and offers them opportunities to grow while positively impacting the world around them.
One such opportunity is the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice, a faith and justice conference held annually in Washington, D.C. This fall, six students represented CTK and joined the 2,000 young people from Jesuit high schools, colleges, universities and parishes from across the country to dig deeply into topics of faith and justice.
One of CTK’s representatives, sophomore Samyla, visited my office after she returned, excited to tell me about her trip. Like most of our students, she had not travelled much beyond the borders of our community, having only experienced our nation’s capital in the textbook pages of our Civics class. The trip was a transformative experience!
Break-out sessions with topics like “The Racial Wealth Gap” and “Criminal Justice Reform in Action,” sparked frank discussions between Samyla and her fellow attendees. She also spent time with her peers from 11 other Cristo Rey Network schools, bonding over their shared work experiences and talking about their dreams beyond high school.
Samyla enjoyed visiting Howard University and touring the Museum of African American History and Culture, where her classmate Jenelle expressed, “I felt like I was able to see myself reflected in a museum for the first time.”
The highlight for Samyla was learning about compassionate immigration reform and participating in two advocacy visits with her congressional representatives’ offices. Perhaps a future Congresswoman herself, Samyla noted, “I wanted to go on the Ignatian Family Teach-In because there are people who can’t speak for themselves. It’s my duty to advocate for them. To not allow them to suffer in silence.”
We are all called to serve. Samyla, like many of her classmates is driven to advocate for and serve others. I hope you’ll join them, by making a gift to CTK today. Your gift will broaden our students’ worlds through programs like the Ignatian Family Teach-In as they become “Men and Women For and With Others.”
Thank you for being a part of the CTK family.
Clement V. Martin
$2,500 provides financial aid support for one student for one semester
$1,000 sends a group of students on a College Exploration Day trip
$500 sends a student to the Ignatian Family Teach In for Justice
$300 provides a Chromebook for one student
$150 purchases a band uniform for one student
Every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference.