Special Message from the President

August 2020

Dear fellow believer in the mission of La Salle Academy,

Belated, but blessed. That description can be attributed to our August commencement exercises. The timing may have been unprecedented, yet the spirit was familiar. The celebration of growth and achievement was palpable when we gathered at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. When so many of our newest alumni are continuing their studies and are poised to be among the first in their family to earn a college degree, the joy is deeper and the hope stronger.

We were fortunate to ritualize graduation in a somewhat traditional way, given the upset, unfamiliarity, and uncertainty that marked the final three and a half months of the school calendar. La Salle’s pandemic era resiliency and resourcefulness were evident in other ways, as well.  For example:

  • a smooth and quick transition to remote education occurred in mid-March and successfully continued though late June
  • over 300 submissions were mounted in our virtual gallery for our 32nd Annual Art Expo at the end of May
  • the relocation of administrative offices from the recently sold Annex to the school building on E 6th Street took place on schedule (The Brothers’ community moved to a residence on E 12th)
  • Zoom-based reunions for graduation years ending in 0 and 5 brought former classmates together

Creativity and compassion remain in full force as we anticipate the 2020-2021 academic year. We know already that the financial challenges faced by the majority of our families continue. We intend to continue to serve all our students, but accomplishing that task requires more resources than usual. As we strive to safeguard our fiscal stability, the need for individuals to invest in our students is greater than ever.

Please consider being a benefactor of La Salle Academy with a one-time donation or possibly register to be a monthly sustaining donor. We are grateful to those who have already contributed and invite others to join them. Your positive response to this current appeal, in any amount, is encouraged and appreciated.

May God bless you, and those special to you, and keep you healthy and safe.


Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC


P.S. Elijah Perez-Mendez, co-valedictorian of the Class of 2020, who is attending Fairfield University on a full scholarship, said in his valedictory address, “In order to make our environment and the country a better place, we must put all our beliefs into practice and not be satisfied with just being a bystander.” Your gift now will enable students currently enrolled at La Salle to have a similar powerful transformative experience! Please send your gift today.