The Red Knight Community: Where I Belong

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The Red Knight Community: Where I Belong

Have you ever had the feeling that you belong? That you are where you are supposed to be? There is nothing more crucial to our well-being than knowing we belong. That we are known and that we are loved.

I’m a graduate of Benilde-St Margaret’s School, and I had a wonderful experience as a student. So fantastic, that I came back 18 years ago to work at BSM. People always ask me what I think the biggest difference is in the school today compared to my time in high school. For sure I think the kids are smarter! The programming has changed but the feeling of the community hasn’t. BSM still feels like a big family.

I’m sure you won’t find it surprising that my husband is a grad and we are current parents! This is where I belong – where my family belongs. Why?  What does it mean to be a Red Knight? It means that you are part of that big family.

What it truly means can’t be described with words but can only be seen through our actions. 

It’s the parent who calls and offers to buy Christmas presents for kids won’t receive any. It’s the parent who anonymously donates a scholarship so a student in need can experience a mission trip. It’s the families that help pay for lunches for students who would otherwise go hungry. It’s all the moms in the Spirit Shop who leave after their shift with a $20 candy bill.

This is what it means to be a Red Knight. 

It’s the hysterical costumes students wear during homecoming week. It’s the teams that make it to the section finals and all of their super fans that tag along. It’s the horribly loud and happy lunchroom. It’s even all the lost sweatshirts, jackets and calculators.

Its kids that can find the humor in anything. The kids that go out of their way to include a student who may not get picked first for something. It’s the volunteers who read books with homeless children, listen to stories of the elderly with dementia. It’s the boy who continues to volunteer every summer when he is home from college at the same place he served his Discipleship hours.

This is what it means to be a Red Knight.

It’s the caring teachers who are dedicated to their students and the mission of the school. The coach that buys the wrestling shoes for a student who can’t afford them. It’s the teachers who volunteer to buy black suits so students in-need can compete in speech tournaments.  It’s the group of teachers that collect money to pay to have the heat and lights turned back on at a student’s home. It’s the things that are needed like prom dresses, medical bills, glasses, a suit for the homecoming court nominee, lunch money or a new pair of pants.

This is what it means to be a Red Knight.