Disciples in the Hallway (L-R) Michelle Parks, Vice Chair of the Board; Deb Crawford, Director of Education; Grace Herron, Student Disciples in the Hallway award recipient; Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead (SCCDSB)

Since April, a new initiative has been underway at St. Clair Catholic to recognize students and staff, who exhibit the qualities and characteristics of Christ.

“This is really about living our faith as Catholics in a Catholic school system,” stated Deb Crawford, Director of Education, in a media release.

“There are many characteristics of Christ which are demonstrated in our school communities every day – compassion, selflessness, forgiveness, empathy. This initiative is just a way to recognize and proclaim these qualities in students and in our staff.”

Each month, schools nominate students and staff to be recognized as Disciples in the Hallway.

The schools acknowledge the honourees with a certificate.

All names are then entered in a system-wide draw with a student and staff member from Sarnia-Lambton and a student and staff member from Chatham-Kent selected and treated to a family dinner at a restaurant of their choice.

“We know that good mental health is closely tied to a rich and fulfilling faith life,” says Christine Preece, Mental Health Lead for St. Clair Catholic.

“That’s why it’s important to recognize and honour these character traits in both the students and staff in our schools.”

Grace Herron, a Grade 6 student at St. Michael Catholic School in Ridgetown was a Disciples in the Hallway honouree for the month of April. She attended tonight’s Board meeting to help explain the program to trustees.

Grace was nominated by her friend.

“I am grateful to have her for a friend,” says Grace. “In my opinion, I really think she should have won the award.”

For more information about Disciples in the Hallway, go to: http://www.st-clair.net/disciples-in-the-hallway.aspx