Students and staff at Francis Howell High have a mission to R.I.S.E – focusing on Respect, Integrity, Sportsmanship and Excellence.
Excellence and sportsmanship are the goal in games and matches, but what is more important is to be respectful and show integrity. In 2016-17, the school supported 35 charitable organizations through 51 service projects. Students helped raise $40,034 and performed 6,949 hours of community service.
The Vikings supported organizations such as The BackStoppers, Friends of Kids with Cancer, KEEN, Lutheran Senior Services, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Oasis Food Pantry, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Siteman Cancer Center, Special Olympics, SPENSA, Toys for Tots, St. Charles County Sharing Meals and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
Sean Erwin, activities director at Francis Howell, said, “Being involved in an activity, club or sport is more than just competing in that activity.
“Our activities department prides itself on developing young men and women beyond the sports and activities in which they are competing. Leadership development, community service and outreach are all vital components of being involved in Viking activities and sports.”
Erwin said that in the last two school years, the activities department completed more than 12,000 service hours and donated more than $65,000.