By Sebastian Meraz ‘19
Advocacy Club is a highlight of Brother Rice’s extracurricular activities.
The moderators of the Advocacy Club are Brother Rice’s history teacher Mr. Dolan and school chaplain Fr. Mark Walter. They have helped each student that is a part of the Advocacy Club find his own leadership and love for helping the less fortunate.
The purpose of Advocacy Club is to educate people on issues and injustices going on in the world today. Brother Rice takes it a step further by promoting events that directly help the individuals suffering from these issues. Last year, Brother Rice’s cause was the overproduction of landmines that have caused injuries that have left people as amputees. The Brother Rice Advocacy Club started promoting videos on an event that was going to be open for all students and staff who would’ve wanted to be involved. This event worked in unison with the help of Brother Rice’s Engineering Class.
Their project was Helping Hands, where students would come in and build prosthetic hands to be shipped to victims of landmine accidents.
This year, the Advocacy Club’s cause is the children in the Rangsei Village whose tuition the Crusaders will be paying. Each homeroom will cover a student’s monthly tuition by donating a dollar a month. This will bring a total to about 30 dollars a month. The students who will have their tuition paid will also have access to safe transportation to school and a meal.
The members who make up the Advocacy Club all have a very important role. They each participate in their own way providing new ideas for the club.
Senior Nick Chimera said, “I’m a founding member. I earned a leadership award last year for making documentary-style videos to promote the Helping Hands project.”
Members of the club include David Wolf, Mateo Valencia, Jack McShane and many more.
Jack McShane said, “Our main goal this year is to help the children in Cambodia. My role as an advocate is to raise and collect money in my homeroom by reminding my class to donate to this very important cause.”
Our main goal as a Christian Brother school is to aid children with their everyday life and help them receive an education. You can help the Brother Rice Advocacy Club by sharing this article and contacting Mr. Dolan at 773-429-4300, extension 362, for more information.