High School Principal Hits New Heights

One thing you can say about McQuaid Jesuit’s High School Principal John Serafine is that he is a man of his word.  Another thing you might say is that he has an unfortunate sense of timing.

Last fall he told students if they collected more than 10,000 pounds of food during the Great Ignatian Challenge he would spend one day this winter working from the roof of the school.  The students hit the goal and he randomly chose January 17 as the day to relocate his office.  Little did he know the temperatures would barely reach double digits, with the wind chill making it feel even colder.  Despite the elements he kept his promise, staying on the roof for the entire day as a way of recognizing the efforts of his students to help out those in need.

The Great Ignatian Challenge is the creation of Fordham Prep alumnus, Jim Rowen ’82. Inspired by the Jesuit mission of being “women and men for others,” Mr. Rowen initiated the Challenge by pledging thousands of dollars to support participating schools in their Thanksgiving food drives. The Challenge was intended to highlight the collective service power and generosity among the participating Jesuit high schools.

You can see Channel 10’s story about Mr. Serafine’s stay on the roof by clicking HERE.

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