ST. CHARLES – St. Patrick Catholic School third-grade student Dempsey Howicz felt a bit winded Friday afternoon after running 10 laps around the school’s former campus in downtown St. Charles to raise money for the Misericordia Heart of Mercy Home in Chicago.
“She’ll probably go to bed early tonight,” said her mother, Tisha Howicz of South Elgin, who was there to cheer her daughter and the other students participating in the walk-a-thon event.
Dempsey was one of 58 third-graders who participated in the event to raise money for Misericordia, which is a residential community for children and adults with mild to profound developmental disabilities.
Over the years, the students have participated in walk-a-thons to raise money for various charities.
This is the first walk-a-thon the school has held since St. Patrick School opened a new campus on Crane Road near St. Charles.
The students walked and ran around the former campus on North Fifth Street in downtown St. Charles, which still is being used by St. Patrick Catholic School as a preschool.
“We’re all about service at the school,” said third-grade teacher Wendy Lorenz, who organizes the walk-a-thon every year. “We do as much as we can for others. We talk about accepting others and that God made others the way they are supposed to be.”
Other parents were cheering on their children, such as Katie Thomas, who watched her 9-year-old son, Bryce, run for an hour around the building.
“He’s in better shape than I am,” she said.
Bryce did 31 laps, breaking the previous record of 24 laps. He credited his win to running with his dad, Ron, over the summer.
“I ran every day during the summer,” Bryce said.