St. Raphael School in Crystal Opens Sports Camp
Students from St. Raphael Catholic School in Crystal giggled and smiled as they made their way out to the sports field Monday morning. COVID-19 sidelined the school’s sports camp for a month, but school officials thought now was as good as any for students to return.
“For them to come back on campus is so important because we need each other,” said Dave Johnson, the school’s athletic director who leads the camp.
He says the school made some changes to the program. For starters, there are not as many instructors this year to cut down on how many people come in contact with students.
The camp is limited to only four days instead of a full week. There are sanitation stations inside the school, and staff wipes off equipment at the end of the day. But it’s a challenge to keep the students socially distanced, said Johnson.
Sports and Spirituality
Fun and faith are the main focus of the camp based on the For His Glory program, which former Vikings player Matt Birk co-founded.
“It’s really fun because a lot of the friends are older than me because I’m one of the youngest in the class, but that’s nice because I can have a lot of experience from them,” said second-grader Max Greazel.
And speaking about lessons, Mr. Johnson has been teaching at st. Raphael for 43 years.
“I love teaching,” he said.
Johnson says he has no plans to retire anytime soon. Staff and students seem to be happy with that decision.