It was decided this summer by members of the St. Joseph’s and Christ Church student councils that the two schools would set aside their competitive rivalry and begin a “rivalry for good”. The councils kicked off their efforts by working together with the organization “Homeworks” to repair the home of a family in need. The students cleaned and painted the kitchen, built racks for firewood, cleaned out several rooms, and did other minor fix-ups around the house. The homeowners, residents of Travelers Rest since the 1920’s and married for nearly 60 years, shared stories with the students and prayed with them. This marked what both student councils hoped would be the first of many collaborations between the two schools.
Fast forward to Spirit Week 2015, October 17-October 23. The councils had rallied support from both schools and set a fundraising goal to benefit St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School. The primary celebratory event was a “Together for Greenville” 5K Color Run held on Sunday afternoon. Hundreds of students, families, and friends ran from the Christ Church campus to SJCS campus while being doused with powdered color. The participants finished their run together with a color party and barbecue dinner at the SJCS stadium.
During the school week, each campus held various spirit events, each to benefit St. Anthony’s. St. Joseph’s had a Movie Night Under the Stars, a Junior v. Senior Powder Puff Game, a Bubble Soccer Tournament, a Roller Skate Night, and multiple spirit night meals at local restaurants such as Sully’s Steamers and Frodo’s Pizza. Both schools rejoined on Friday, October 23 for a pre-game cookout prior to the SJCS v. CCES Varsity Football game.
The culmination of Spirit Week was the halftime presentation to St. Anthony’s principal Sally Barker and several St. Anthony’s students. Both Student Council Presidents, Teddy Snow (SJCS) and Austin Ferrell (CCES), were beyond thrilled to hand Principal Barker a check for $41,000, the total of their joint Spirit Week efforts.