This is a guest post by Sarah Castro, a mom whose children attend St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Greenville. She writes about how Catholic education provides an enduring foundation for her children's lives, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now more than ever before, we are in need of peace and reassurance. We need to know that our families are safe and that we are doing everything we can to help our children feel safe and optimistic. A significant portion of our children’s identities and values develop at school.
I cannot think of a better learning environment for my children than St. Charles Borromeo School. The academic instruction is rigorous and the teachers hold high expectations for all students. More importantly, St. Charles School is a community that fosters social-emotional development and spiritual development for all students. The staff works tirelessly to challenge students and to find ways to engage all learners, even through remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.
A great sense of peace comes over me, knowing that my children have the opportunity to be part of a learning environment each day that is so nurturing. I am confident that the foundation that is built at St. Charles Borromeo School for my children will endure for the rest of their lives.
Mrs. Castro’s testimonial is one example of how Catholic schools provide students with an education where Christ illuminates learning and life. During the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers, school leaders, and families have partnered to deliver the Catholic school difference at home.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.