At the elementary campus of St. John Neumann Regional Academy, we have a new program called "Caught Acting like Christ."
The faculty developed the idea to help us live our school's mission of being Catholic, Christian, caring persons that serve God and others.
This new program is supervised by one of our teachers, Mrs. Danielle Fiorini.
Students recently “Caught Acting Like Christ,” a new program at St. John Neumann Regional Academy, seated from left, are Luke Kaiser, Evan Beiter, Brianna Lisi, Katelyn Figueredo, Magdalena Fiorini, Davion Hill and Ainsley Kennedy. Second row, from left, are Rayne Parrish, Ryan Fish, Erin Reilly, Rosena Campana, Matthew Lavallee-Harris, Emma Henderson, Josh Hamilton, Zach Lisi and Cecelia Lutz. Third row, from left, are Malachi Gottshall, Aiden Smith, Eli Bartron, Madelyn Sleboda, Adelyn Dawes and Elle Campana. Standing, from left, are Leanora Holloway, Sarah Kelsey, Angelina Miele, Alexia Harrison, Louis Miele, Josiah Reid, Gianna Barone and Patrick Gerrity. Missing from photo are Kirstin Hickey and Daniel Peoples.
When we spoke with her, Mrs. Fiorini told us anyone can "catch" someone acting like Christ. When they do, they fill out a short form and give it to Mrs. Fiorini.
She said many people want to be "caught," but some act like Christ without even knowing it.
That is what makes it so great! Some have been caught helping someone in the hallway or on the playground, picking up someone's books that dropped, befriending new students, opening doors for others or any act of kindness.
Those who are caught acting like Christ have their picture placed on the bulletin board at the entrance of our school.
We can be "caught" as many times as people "catch" us. We never know who may be watching us as we help others.
"In this world where life has become about the individual and material goods, we have the opportunity to reach beyond ourselves," Fiorini said. "Actions speak louder than words and so many times, we forget that our actions affect others. The 'Caught Acting Like Christ' program gives us an opportunity to recognize and appreciate those who go out of their way to be Christ-like. Since we are a Catholic school, we are blessed to be given the chance to live our mission and attempt to make the Gospel stories come alive through our actions each and every school day. With Christ as our model, students, faculty and staff alike bring to life the mission of our school as we recognize the God in all, with our attempt to love our neighbor as ourselves. The halls of St. John Neumann are awakened in the love of Christ."