Annual Leslie George Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk
Each year, we honor the memory of former Blessed Sacrament student Leslie George by holding our Annual Leslie George Memorial Scholarship Run/Walk. Today, members of our school and parish community participated in our run/walk in memory of Leslie on October 12. At 10am, we gathered in the school gym for the opening ceremony and scholarship announcement. Immediately following, the eighth grade students lead in an hour-long run/walk around the school parking lot to raise awareness and pay tribute to Leslie’s struggle with an eating disorder. For those who have not participated in this annual Blessed Sacrament event, here is Leslie’s story:
At the age of 19, Leslie George died as a result of an eating disorder on September 29, 2000. She battled anorexia and bulimia for four years. Leslie was a lifelong resident of Alexandria and graduated from Blessed Sacrament School. She graduated from Bishop Ireton High School in 1999 and went on to pursue her college degree at James Madison University.
After Leslie’s death, Blessed Sacrament School and the George Family set up a scholarship fund to honor her memory and bring awareness to the struggle of those who suffer from eating disorders. The funds are used to award a partial scholarship to a seventh grade student to defray the cost of their eighth grade year. For 2018, two students were selected by the entire BSS faculty for exemplifying strong values such as Christian charity toward fellow students, hard work, and a healthy lifestyle, all while pursuing academic success. Congratulations to Dani Salinas and Maddie Wojciak! In addition to honoring Leslie’s memory, it is our sincere hope that this scholarship will also inspire students to excel in every aspect of individual growth. The fund is also used for an annual donation in Leslie’s memory to an organization aimed at assisting all those who are affected with eating disorders.
In order to sustain our ability to award scholarships and make donations, the Leslie George Memorial Fund needs to continue to grow. Please submit any donations in memory of Leslie with checks made payable to BSS, to the school office.