Students, faculty and staff have been participating in 40 Days for Life. The 40-day campaign is intended as a time for “prayer and fasting, community outreach and constant, peaceful vigil to end abortion,” according to its website. It’s estimated that more than 1,000 new volunteers ensured all 960 hours were covered at one point to keep vigil at abortion centers.
“It’s a prayer; it’s a witness,” said Principal Jim Tokarsky, who oversees the middle-school and St. Paul students. “That’s the way 49 Days for Life started in College Station in Texas. It’s grown nationwide.”
Outside the school on the sidewalk beside Milan Avenue near the Main Street intersection are hundreds of hand-drawn-hearts. Tokarsky said the goal is to have one heart to represent each of the “3,300 lives in jeopardy today and every day” due to abortion.
This is the second year that NCS and St. Paul have participated in the campaign. Previously, the school held times of prayer.
When a class of students came outside Wednesday to add more hearts to the sidewalk, Tokarsky encouraged the young people to pray, even if it was a simple prayer.
Bowen Olcott sat on his haunches to draw a heart with a stencil. He said he believes the chalk drawings help raise awareness about abortion.
“When I do this …,” the seventh-grade student said, collecting his thoughts, “it gives me something to think about.”