Dear La Salle Academy Community,
In 1966, Robert F. Kennedy delivered a speech in which he said, “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ Like it or not, we live in interesting times. They are times of danger and uncertainty; but they are also the most creative of any time in the history of mankind” (Day of Affirmation Address, University of Capetown, Capetown, South Africa, June 6, 1966).
I think his words are very much applicable today. The past three weeks have most definitely been interesting times as we quickly transitioned to distance learning. But they have also brought out tremendous creativity and resilience — La Salle’s faculty, staff and students have never worked harder.
Transitioning online is difficult; everything takes more time, most questions have to be asked and answered via email, and there isn’t a natural flow that is found in a traditional classroom. However, none of these challenges have stopped La Salle Academy.
At the start of the school year, each one of our students is issued a tablet to use for his schoolwork. Our faculty made fast and drastic adjustments to their lesson plans and dove right in. Over the past few weeks, they have found creative solutions to the challenges in front of them. Our guidance counselors should also be heralded. With the dramatic increase in emotional and mental health needs now, they have been providing much-needed support over the phone and by email. It has all truly been inspiring.
Our mantra throughout these weeks has been “flexibility and compassion.” We recognize the overwhelming nature of the battle we are all facing, but we are succeeding despite the odds.
The generosity of our alumni and benefactors has enabled us to persevere, and we thank you for your continued commitment throughout this time. If you have already made gift during this Easter season, thank you. If not, I encourage you to make a gift by clicking here, texting LASALLE to 41444 or sending a check made payable to La Salle Academy to 44 East 2nd Street, New York, NY 10003. Your donation will help us maintain our mission of educating the young La Salle men entrusted to our care.
We continue to look to the words of our founder for inspiration. As St. La Salle told us, “Do not have any anxiety about the future. Leave everything in God’s hands for he will take care of you” (Letter 101 – to an unnamed Brother, date unknown). We have faith that this, too, shall pass, and this will be one more example of the strength of our La Salle Academy community.