We are looking forward to celebrating Saints Mission Day on Friday, April 13th. This Junior Kindergarten through grade 12 event is an opportunity for our community to come together around our school's mission and explore one particular aspect of what it means to be a Saint. This year we will focus on our commitment to service.
At St. Stephen's and St. Agnes School, we take seriously our responsibility to educate students who will apply the knowledge and skills they acquire here in the service of something greater than their own narrow self-interest: pursuing goodness as well as knowledge throughout their lives.
As we reflect on what it means to live a life of service to others, we have invited Karim Abouelnaga to be our keynote speaker that morning. Karim describes himself as an activist, a change agent, a connector, an entrepreneur, a Muslim and a writer. He is also the founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, a benefit corporation he founded when he was just 18 years old. To learn more about Karim's passion for educational equity and youth empowerment, check out his TED talk. Karim is an outstanding example of someone who has made a true commitment to service, and we hope his story inspires us all to consider how we might work together as Saints to solve some of society's greatest challenges.
Following Karim's address, students and teachers will break into mixed-age "family groups" to explore more of what it means to be of service to others as members of a school community, as neighbors in the city of Alexandria and as global citizens in the world. As a culminating activity, each member of our community will make a prayer flag to represent our hopes and dreams for our community and for the whole human family.