Erin Garmoe will be Holy Trinity Catholic’s student Live Your Faith Everyday (LYFE) officer this year. This position is new to the student council’s list of officers.
The brainchild for the position developed though discussions that Erin and fellow Diocesan Youth Ministry Committee (DYMC) members from Prince of Peace Schools in Clinton and Davenport Assumption High School had during DYMC meetings, hoping to find a way to bring an additional element of Christ into their Catholic high schools.
This past summer Erin took it upon herself to begin implementing the role of SLO (student LYFE officer) into HTC’s student council. The first step was to meet with the student council moderator, Gail Kunch. Erin shared ideas with Kunch such as having grades seven to 12 host a lunch with the school’s supporting parish priests, a senior/seventh-grader lunch date, and a secret buddy project where high school students would send short notes and clues about their identity to elementary students. After several correspondences, everyone would join for an all-school Mass, and the secret buddy’s identity would be revealed.
Erin has many ideas, such as furthering involvement of senior citizens in the community and installing a drop box in the lobby for special intentions that will be prayed for during the junior/senior high’s weekly Masses.
The position of the SLO representative this year has been well received by the school and its students. Erin hopes to develop a point paper for other schools in the diocese to develop a position for their own student LYFE officer.