Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Tenley Rooney
The School joins the Concord community in raising awareness of sexual assault and domestic abuse

The St. Paul’s School community rallied for the Crisis Center of Central New Hampshire’s (CCCNH) “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event on October 4 in downtown Concord. The student-initiated effort, led by Missionary Society project leaders Avery Van Ingen ’18 and Claire Yoo ’20, drew 140 SPS participants - surpassing the School's involvement from last year - earning the group the event's award for the highest participation for the second year in a row.
Students, faculty, and staff joined 25 teams from across the capital city for the stroll down Main Street to raise awareness for domestic and sexual violence. The St. Paul’s School Ballet Company (SPSBC), football team, JV girls soccer squad, and other students pounded the pavement alongside Rector Michael G. Hirschfeld '85, Vice Rector for School Life Theresa Ferns '84, Ph.D., Dean of Students Aaron Marsh '97. Also joining the walk were Dr. John Bassi (medical director), Jennifer Howard ’92 (director of SPSBC), Courtney Peix-Barros (instructor of dance), Craig Vandersea (varsity football coach and associate dean of admission), Jen Cotton (associate dean of admission), Scott Heitmiller ’81 (mathematics faculty member), Patty Ilzarbe (head of the Languages Department), Pankti Dalal (Penn Master’s in Teaching fellow in mathematics), and Scott Betournay (Science Department), among others.
“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” is part of a nation-wide effort to bring issues of domestic abuse and sexual violence to the public’s attention. The students raised $1,200 to benefit CCCNH and its work to assist Merrimack County residents in need of help.