It was a joyous Sunday afternoon (Oct. 16) in Plant City for the Jesuit service club Agmen Christi and local children in the Migrant Education Program.
Fourteen members of Agmen Christi joined the kids for hours of fun activities at the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze. The participating members were Cameron Bailey '23, Andre Botero '23, Grant Creedican '23, Phillip Falcon '23, Grayson Gallagher '23, Jackson Kiser '23, Zach Marquis '23, Owen Mitchell '23, Devin Stevens '23, Ronan Watson '23, James Slack '24, Diego Mejia '24, Brady Kiser '25, and Carlos Lamoutte '25.
They started the day navigating through the winding corn maze and then engaged in activities around the farm, including hayrides, face painting, a bounce house, slides, duck racing, and cornhole.
Some of the Agmen Christi seniors, such as Botero, have participated in this event for four years. It has become a special day for them as they continue to develop years-long relationships with the migrant children.
"I've been coming to this event since my freshman year, and from the beginning I've connected with Christian, he's like my little brother," Botero said. "All the fun we've had today – it just means a lot."
Accompanying Agmen Christi on Sunday were school president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J., and Mr. Peter Bell, S.J., along with migrant advocate Julie Snyder, P '16.
"These kids look forward to being with the [Jesuit] boys, and just being with them today leaves the biggest impact," said Snyder.
Agmen Christi has had numerous service initiatives this fall, including trips to Pinellas Hope in Clearwater and Tampa Hope in Ybor City, and hosting a field day at Jesuit for the migrant youths.
"We're really trying to lead by example and show these kids how to be 'Men for Others,'" Bailey said.
View below a photo slideshow from Sunday at the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze.