Although the pandemic forced cancellation of SJA’s annual walkathon, our students participated in a Virtual Fun Run — running around their yards and neighborhoods to raise over $10,000 for a cause close to our school community’s heart.
Half of the proceeds raised will be donated to Homes for Veterans, a nonprofit organization founded by Doug DiPaola (husband of beloved SJA teacher Joanne DiPaola), who passed away in April from COVID-19.
Doug founded Homes for Veterans in 2012, applying his construction background to improve homes so Veterans could live more comfortably. He often donated his time and talents, building a gazebo and wheelchair ramp at no charge.
“Our students are the next generation of leaders and advocates for those in need, sharing the values they live every day at St. John’s Academy,” said school principal Suzanne Socha. “We are proud of their ability to adapt to what could have been a barrier to participating in an important fundraiser; instead, they embraced technology and change to help make a difference for our school community, in Mr. DiPaola’s loving memory.”