St. Charles Preparatory School proudly welcomed Wes Moore as the featured presenter for its annual “An Evening with …” speaker series on September 6th in the school’s Robert C. Walter Student Commons.
Moore is an American author, social entrepreneur, television producer, political analyst, and decorated U.S. Army officer. He is the author of “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work,” both of which are New York Times Bestsellers. He was also the host for Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the executive producer and a writer for “Coming Back with Wes Moore” on PBS.
During his presentations to both the St. Charles student body at an All-School assembly in the morning, and later to more than 560 guest at the “Evening’s” main event, Moore clearly showed that he is one who truly understands and embraces the importance of helping young people overcome adversity and finding their paths to purpose.
In the evening presentation, the former member of the storied 82nd Airborne Division told the group, “I didn’t realize how many ‘jump masters’ I had in my life. How many people who were willing to fight and advocate for me in many ways before I was even ready to fight and advocate for myself. How many people I had in my path, including his mother and grandparents, eventually leading to a remarkable string of role models and mentors and teachers and coaches and principals and guidance counselors and parents of friends.”
Sponsorships and ticket purchases for the evening’s event by those in the audience representing both the St. Charles and Central Ohio Communities helped raise a record $680,000 for the St. Charles Endowment Fund. Those monies go to assist families that might not otherwise be able to afford the school’s tuition. Previously, presentations by American business icon Peter Lynch, basketball ambassador and philanthropist, Dick Vitale and Air Force veteran and Folds of Honor creator, Dan Rooney, helped the school raise more than $1.9 million.
Principal Jim Lower proudly announced that St. Charles and the school’s “My Brother’s Keeper” program have established a special partnership with St. Mary School in German Village School and United School’s Network’s Columbus Collegiate Academy, two places that have also embraced the importance of mentoring in enriching their student’s experience.
(Photo, Left) (From left) Student Council president Charlie Duross ’19 (St. Andrew School, St. Andrew Parish) and MBK president Jose Segura-Bermudez ’19 (St. Mary School German Village, St. Mary Parish, German Village) present guest Wes Moore a token of appreciation for addressing the student body.
(Photo, Above) Students from St. Mary School in German Village
(Photo, Above) Student from Columbus Collegiate Academy