Marist High School in Chicago started preparing for the Marist Day of Service last fall. They decided that on March 29, 2017, the entire junior class will participate in a project on campus with the organization Feed My Starving Children (FMSC). The juniors will be challenged to assemble 100,000 meal packs which will then be delivered by FMSC to children and families throughout the world, including 83 countries with Marist schools and ministries.
In order to raise the money for the supplies used with FMSC, campus minister Patrick Meyer was inspired to do something himself. He searched through some world records, and thought breaking the record for “Swinging on a Playground Swing” would be a challenge that was doable, unique, and could be fun for the students and community to rally around. Meyer broke the world record by swinging on a playground swing at the school for 36 hours straight on October 13 and October 14.
Through this event, Meyer was able to raise awareness and enough money to cover all of the supplies needed for the Marist Day of Service activities at Marist Chicago.