La Salle Academy has a very successful celebration of its Catholic and Lasallian Mission.
During the week of January 28-February 2 La Salle Academy celebrated Catholic Schools Week. Each day of the week, Morning Prayer over the Public Address system was led by an alum who spoke of the Lasallian values they learned about and made their own through attending La Salle. (see the prayers on LSA Ruminations) A large banner attached to the fence outside the entrance to the school announced to all visitors that we are a Catholic and Lasallian School that is proud of our students as they learn—serve---lead---succeed.
On Tuesday three groups of students braved the snowy weather and delivered trays of pastries to the Catholic grammar schools in the neighborhood from which they had graduated. The students surprised their former principals and teachers at Bishop McVinney School, St. Augustine’s School, and St. Pius School. Also on Tuesday Campus Ministry provided delicious pastry treats to the La Salle faculty and staff. Sweets Day!
On Wednesday the school celebrated Founder’s Day, an opportunity for the community to reflect on the living charism of Saint John Baptist de La Salle as it continues in the teachers, coaches, administrators and staff persons at the Academy. As faculty and staff came into school they were greeted by the Lasallian Ministry Team members with a friendly greeting, a thank you letter from Brother Thomas and the Ministry Team, and a special gift. Morning prayer that day centered on Mr. Thomas Martin, Vice Principal for Student Life, who had been selected as La Salle Academy’s Distinguished Lasallian Educator for 2017-2018. Mr. Martin received the award from Brother Frederick (chairperson of the Lasallian Ministry Team) at a gathering of his Girls’ Tennis Team and later in the afternoon at the conclusion of school at a gathering of his family and friends, as well as the entire faculty and staff.
On Thursday the students enjoyed an evening of fun with hypnotist Frank Santos Jr.
The week ended with the final collection of canned goods and non-perishables that students had been bringing in all week long in a homeroom competition. About 2,000 items were collected and will be delivered to the St. Edward’s Food Pantry in Providence.
Catholic Schools Week proved once again the vibrancy of the Catholic and Lasallian Mission at La Salle Academy!