HRS exceeds Marathon goal

Students and staff prepare to take off in Most Holy Redeemer’s Marathon for Non-Public Education on Friday. Also attending were Kolacky Royalty (from left) Second Princess Katelyn Stasney, Queen Allie Trnka, and First Princess and Miss Congeniality Kayla Trcka. (Wade Young Photo)

Most Holy Redeemer Catholic School kicked off its annual Marathon for Non-Public Education on Friday, Oct. 4.
The annual event is the school’s major fund raiser in October. 
And boy did the students raise funds! The school’s goal was to raise $10,500. So far, the student have raised $12,438. On top of that, businesses, parishioners and alumni gave an additional $2,802 toward the cause for a total of $15,240.
“We are proud of our students and families for their efforts to collect pledges and support Catholic education, but it makes me even more proud to live in our community where all schools are supported in many ways,” said HRS Principal Mindy Reeder. 
As part of the activities around the Marathon, students had special themed days they could dress out of uniform. Some of them included Sports Day, Neon or Highlighter Color Day, and Athletic Blue/Gold Day. On Friday students in grades seven and eight cleaned up garbage at Traditions of Montgomery and around town. The students in grades five and six worked at Park Manor on various fall projects, and the students in pre-kindergarten to grade four walked (some biked) at the TCU high school track.
Since the students surpassed their fund raising goal, Reeder said they will be having a “Sock Hop” party on October 16 during the afternoon. 
“We’ll have music, dancing, and fun,” Reeder said. “Students will be coming in 50s attire and I will be sprayed with ketchup and mustard as a top reward.  Our top class will have a mini-cruise downtown in 50s style cars.”
Invited guests helped the students kick off Friday’s events that included doing service projects, walking and riding their bikes.
Missing one member
One member of the student body who was painfully absent was that of sixth grader Mary “Molly” Urtuzuastegui who died in a car crash, along with her step-father Condon Hulgan, Jeffrey Miller and Travis Reak on September 27. Reeder said the school went forward with the Marathon week, actually for Mary, in honor of her.
“All of the students and staff wore buttons with Mary’s picture and the names of all of the lives lost in the accident,” Reeder said. “The larger communities of Montgomery, Lonsdale and Le Center surrounded everyone in love this week - thank you to everyone.”
In the HRS bulletin of October 6, 2013, it was noted how the communities and people have rallied to help the families involved in the horrific accident, specifically the Hulgan/Urtuzuastegui family. Among the services that were offered:
- People stayed with the family continuously, even overnight, until family members arrived.
- They received assistance with funeral planning, expenses, chores, gardens, yard work, housecleaning and laundry.
- Palmer Bus offered free transportation for the funerals as needed.
- School families and Pizzeria 201 provided the funeral lunch.
- Prayer and Adoration led the by the Youth Group on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Financial assistance, including setting up funds at both local banks.
- Assistance with appointments and obtaining family support services.
- All flowers were donated for the funeral.