Jesuit High School's annual Mission Drive dates back to the 1930s. Each spring over a five-week period, Jesuit's school-wide, student-driven Mission Drive raises money for a worthy cause.
In 2015, the Mission Drive benefited The Lord's Ranch in El Paso, Texas, which has served the poor and destitute of that region for decades. Jesuit students generated a record $10,987, which went toward several special projects at The Lord's Ranch.
In 2016, Jesuit students set a new Mission Drive record, exceeding their goal of $12,000 by raising raising a new record total of $13,559. The beneficiary of Mission Drive 2016 is the city of Matagalpa, Nicaragua. For the past four years, a group of Jesuit students and chaperones has traveled to Nicaragua for a week in the summer to serve the destitute in Matagalpa, providing assistance and support at the local hospital, prison, town dump, and youth center.
The Mission Drive 2016 funds were earmarked for three things: a chapel for Matagalpa’s prison, operation of the local youth center (La Casita), and to send six Matagalpan youths to World Youth Day. The funds were disbursed via the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who host Jesuit's annual mission trip to Matagalpa.
Mission Drive funds are raised multiple ways. In 2016, money was raised via a penny drive in the cafeteria, through classroom donations each Thursday, with $5 entries into an NCAA Tournament basketball pool for which all proceeds go to the Mission Drive, and money raised during Mission Drive Day.
The Mission Drive culminates each April on Mission Drive Day, which begins with a wonderful music concert before the campus is filled with games, activities, food, and events. Competitions such as ping-pong, video games, dodge ball, and much more have small entry fees that help lift the final total raised each year by the Mission Drive.
See photos and videos below from Mission Drive Day 2016.