“While I don’t necessarily enjoy running before and during my workout, I love the feeling of accomplishment when I am finished. Last year, I barely trained for the LVs run and made every excuse in the world why I couldn’t work out: not enough time, more important things to do, I’ll miss the new episode of The Office, I’m not a morning person, I’m not a night person, you name it. This year, I am not letting any of those things get in my way so I signed up to run the 15K because this program means a lot to me. I don’t allow my students to be lazy and slack off so I need to practice what I preach and challenge myself by running for this amazing cause.
Naturally, many people questioned why I would want to join the Lasallian Volunteers because as a recent college grad, the most obvious path is to find a job to make money to pay off the debt I incurred. As cheesy as it sounds, I have never felt more rich in my life not only because of the impact I am making on my students, but also because of the impact they are having on me. De Marillac Academy is a miracle in the heart of the Tenderloin District in San Francisco, California, and I am blessed and humbled on a daily basis to be a part of such a beautiful mission.
This program is the perfect step after graduation because I am growing as a professional by using my degree in Education, but I am also fulfilling my longing to serve and grow spiritually. I could not do that without the help of my community in San Francisco, and the larger Lasallian family that I am now a part of. Is everything always perfect? No. But I have over 200 years of teaching experience under my roof and these lovely gentlemen are able to help me through whatever comes my way because they have seen and dealt with it all. I am truly blessed to be an LV.”
Liana Vantrease, LV 12-14