To Our Community,
It surely is a season to celebrate! I am writing you this in deepest gratitude for a wonderful start to the school year, and in sincere thanks for the gifts we were blessed with at this year’s ¡Salud! event.
First things first – I would love to thank each of you who were proud supporters of this event. Whether you sponsored, donated, bought tickets, raised your paddle, played ring toss, or participated in the chance drawing – Escuela de Guadalupe is so appreciative of your contribution in ways big and small. I also want to extend a special thanks to Board Members Jennifer Cherveny and Monica Doyle who co-chaired the event with such aplomb and gusto, and “knocking the ball out of the park”! Thanks to all of you, we grossed over $270,000 that evening – in addition to the $75,000 match met that night through our paddle raise! It’s a testament to the many that believe in Escuela’s mission, and it makes me even prouder to be a part of this legacy that my dear friend Sr. Susan Swain helped begin at this school.
And in speaking of legacy, I must highlight our exemplary honorees of the evening. Jack and Judy Pottle, longtime supporters of Escuela, were awarded the Fr. Tom Prag Service Award for their undying dedication to our school. In their commitment to Pre-K education and child literacy, as well as their support in a period of transition when our school needed it the most, Jack and Judy have played a major role in where our school is today. Their meticulous attention to the needs of our children and families is something that is not only admirable, but inspiring! Not to go unnoticed is the Esparza family, who were the stars of our Salud video, representing the families who define what Escuela is all about – community. We were inspired with their story of promise, learning that they sent all four children to Escuela de Guadalupe because they believe in what we’re doing here. The message resounds: Escuela is the home of future leaders, and it is a place where we our kids can receive an excellent education and be embraced for who they are.
I feel blessed to be a part of this school community at a turning point – as we near our 20th anniversary in 2019, I can say wholeheartedly that it is a wonderful time to be a part of the Escuela de Guadalupe family. We all have so much to be grateful for!
Sr. Vicki Schwartz, SL - Interim President