Senor class gifts put ‘men with and for others’ into action

By Randdy De Paz, Staff Writer

The senior gifts tradition has become a component of the “men with and for others” mindset that Verbum Dei High School attempts to inculcate into its students.  In recent years, seniors have been leaving a legacy and gift for the community to use.

The Class of 2018 gifted a bench located in front of the chapel for the students to use, and the Class of 2017 gifted a vinyl poster of the VDHS alma mater on the south wall of the gym.

“These past senior gifts are great to have around the Verbum Dei campus because they’re remembrances of the class,” says senior Jose Fraire.

The seniors usually start planning as early as September, but the gift is usually picked out toward the second semester. Usually, the senior class president comes up with prospective gifts. He then asks his senior classmates to take a poll and to choose among many ideas.

“Typically planning includes throwing out ideas, and taking the best ones to the principal,” said Antoinette Bowie, school counselor, who has coordinated class gifts in the past.

The principal will select from among the gifts listed, and the senior class president has to go back and check the pricing.

“Once we find a product at a price point we are comfortable with, it tells us how much we need to fundraise and by when,” said Bowie.

The importance of this tradition is to put the “man with and for others” mindset into action through a gift.  The concept of leaving a place better than one found it and giving back to one’s community also factor into this tradition.

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