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​Antonian keeps students grounded and United as Church

August 07, 2020 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: Catholic Schools, Hope for the Future

Antonian keeps students grounded and United as Church

All across the United States, school administrators and teachers are working hard to develop the best way to provide the highest quality education for their students while managing the implications of a virus unlike any other we have seen in our lifetime. For educators in Catholic schools -- institutions known for producing some of the most well-educated people -- we often have to remind families that education isn’t only about the grades a student gets in rigorous coursework. As families seriously weigh the economic costs and benefits of the investment in Catholic schools, we at Antonian emphasize that it is in times like these, one major benefit of Catholic education is needed most -- community.

Throughout the period of remote learning this past spring, our faculty and staff went above and beyond to demonstrate the care and concern for our students, pouring countless hours into the academic and emotional success of our students. In wanting to provide some sense of normalcy in a truly abnormal time, we continued to engage our students in daily prayer through our social media outlets. We maintained our practice of celebrating a weekly school-wide Mass, albeit remotely. As we look to the next school year, we are developing plans to incorporate other faith-based social encounters by the safest means possible. All of this keeps us very grounded and United as Church. It is because of these opportunities that we need to remember why Catholic education is so important.