To demonstrate just how important it is to ensure that a Saint Francis High School education is accessible to as many families as possible, three educators from the high school embarked on a 45-mile hike from Mountain View to Mission Dolores in San Francisco to raise funds for financial aid.
Mike Speckman, a longtime teacher and administrator, Father Tony Mancuso, the school’s chaplain, and Father Steve Kim, a faculty member, completed a two-day Hike for Hope to spark awareness for tuition assistance programs. They were also joined by Father Bob Leger, a pastor at the Church of the Resurrection for the first day of the journey.
The motivation for the hike was to celebrate the Holy Cross Brothers, who are no longer at Saint Francis, and the work they have done to make Saint Francis the school it is today. The Hike for Hope participants aimed to raise funds for financial aid so that families are not pushed away because of tuition. Students showed their support for the Hike for Hope by giving to the Brother Sam Robin C.S.C. BRIC Scholarship Fund, named in honor of a beloved Holy Cross Brother who retired last spring.
“I hope that students were inspired to contribute generously because when they give, they are supporting each other,” said Speckman, the director of endowment and tuition assistance.
The hikers walked from El Camino Real in Mountain View to Mission Street in San Francisco, and they felt the support of the Lancer community each step of the way. Many members of the school family sent them texts to encourage them, and a parent and a teacher also walked with them from Redwood City to San Mateo. When the hikers prepared to set out for the second leg of their journey, they were met with members of the Campus Ministry staff who delivered bagels provided by a student.
Though the hikers ended their trek tired and sore, their spirits were high.
“I have been hearing from students who gave and that makes me feel good,” Speckman said. “Even if students do not receive financial aid, they have benefitted from the Brothers, and with the Brothers’ departure, it becomes even more critical for us to keep their transformative charism alive.”