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Making a Difference – Rita Earns Dolley Madison Level Award


Being responsible and independent, skills learned in homeschooling, were key to Rita’s successful drive to help children and adults in need at the Mission.

Rita Bogusz recently earned the Dolley Madison Level Award in the American Heritage Girls.

To earn this award, she had to plan, lead and implement a substantial service project that benefits an organization.

Rita’s project was an Underwear and Socks Drive benefiting the St. Francis Mission on the Rosebud Lakota Reservation in South Dakota.

The children and adults at the Mission lack the most basic of necessities, and with the cold winter months approaching, Rita felt called to do something to help.

She conducted the parish-wide collection and in just one month, she gathered 429 packages of socks and underwear donations for the Mission.

“The flexibility of homeschooling not only allowed me the time necessary to research various charitable organizations, but to communicate with the parish ministries, design the advertisements, and run the drive. Homeschooling also taught me about responsibility and how to be independent, skills I needed to lead and organize the drive”.

Rita is interested in reading, writing, sketching, volunteering, camping, hiking, and the culinary arts. Her favorite subjects this senior year are Apologetics, English and Economics.

“I love Apologetics because through it, I am learning how to prove the reasonableness of Catholicism and am prepared to defend my Faith whenever the opportunity arises. I have always enjoyed English because I like reading classical literature and improving my essay writing. Seton’s Economics Online course is very fascinating because it presents the social science in the light of the Catholic Faith”.

When asked about her goals, Rita offered,

“My goal in life is to make a difference for the better in the world and bring people to know and love Christ. If it is God’s will, I hope to major in New Evangelization and Catechesis so that I may have the knowledge to better do so”.

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