The Cathedral of the Risen Christ School celebrated its second Annual Dignity Day on January 13, 2017 with a theme of "The only disability in life is a bad attitude."
Fr. Fulton began the day with a powerful homily and call to action regarding recognizing dignity in each other. Then, throughout the day, Dignity Ambassadors Tabitha Heftie and Emily Korinek went room to room telling the story of people with disabilities and what blessings they are to our communities and lives. Other Ambassadors read books to children that focused on respect for each other.
To kick off the assembly Mr. Ekeler told the students and staff that the day was about them, a reward for the inspiring way they treat each other and hold one another accountable. Bishop Conley then gave a tremendous presentation on the story of a young girl who grew up with a picture of a Crucifix. Despite atheist parents, she felt compelled to learn about the man on that cross and his incredible act of love and dignity.
Finally, the i2Choir teamed with Cathedral's St. Cecilia choir to wow the students with renditions of "Man in the Mirror", "Bridge over Troubled Water", "Draw the Circle Wide", "You've Got a Friend in Me", and other songs. The i2Choir is directed by UNL's Dr. Rhonda Fuelberth and is composed of people with special needs who perform with mentors.
The Dignity Campaign was launched in 2015, with a special focus on treating each other in a Christ-like manner. Each month the school has a special "soft skill" focus (random acts of kindness, please & thank you, shaking hands, etc.), and teachers seamlessly bring the D.C. into their curriculum across all the subjects. Said 8th grade teacher Mrs. Wiebusch, "The amazing thing about the Dignity Campaign is that it is so easily implemented - it's what we are all called to do as children of Christ. The campaign has made us more aware and direct in making those lessons practical."
Posters with the Dignity Pledge are signed annually by all students and staff in the building as a sort of contract to each other. The Dignity Pledge reads as follows, and is reaffirmed each morning...
- Be respectful
- Be positive
- Be honest
- Be grateful
- Be responsible
- Be patient
- Be saintly
- Recognize the dignity of all human beings
- See Christ in others
- Be like Christ to others