We learn and lead: This year our school was one of 10 schools in the Metro-North region of St. Louis to be chosen as a cohort school for the Carnegie STEM Excellence Pathway Program.
Our small school in rural Illinois at the southern edge of the diocese does a lot of big things to help our community.
For example, our local ministerial association packs food boxes for needy families in our community with the help of many community members. This school year we challenged our 152 students to bring in a literal ton of food: 2,000 pounds. To sweeten the deal, each class competed to see which could bring in the most weight per student. Since our class sizes range from nine to 24, it was the only fair way. After only three short weeks, our students and their families brought in 2,856 pounds of non-perishable food. Our fifth-grade class of only 18 brought in over 700 pounds!
Catholic education has been a part of Sister Ann Smith, OSU’s life for as long as she can remember. A lifelong member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Sister Ann grew up on State Street, not far from Blessed Sacrament School where she attended kindergarten through eighth grade. She graduated from Blessed Sacrament in 1941 and went on to graduate from Ursuline Academy in 1945. She noted those years coincided with the United States’ involvement in World War II.