Two brothers. Two parents. Two countries. Those pairings come together surrounded by one pandemic and form a story that characterizes 2020 at La Salle Academy.
Roberto and Manuel are both gifted and diligent students who benefit from the talent of our teachers and the ethos of our school. Each is the recipient of a merit scholarship. Each receives financial aid as well. They live with their mother, Marta, and communicate with their father who lives in his native country. He was here in New York with his family, and employed, before he was deported. The fiscal responsibility for Marta and her sons became her obligation. The economic consequences of the pandemic increased the burden she had to bear. She alerted Mary Anne Glassen in our Business Office to the challenge she was experiencing in paying the monthly tuition installment for her sons. Thanks to you, our benefactors, we were able to ease her burden, reduce the amount she owed, and prevent Roberto and Manuel from leaving La Salle, the school of opportunity.
Similar good news was conveyed to 32 other families who, likewise, sought relief when faced with the bill they had to pay La Salle for the education provided. In order to serve a significant segment of the clientele our mission calls us to serve, we offer tuition assistance from the start of a family’s relationship with us and we have learned we must be prepared to augment it when an aberration like the events of 2020 upsets our world. Your contributions enable us to make life a bit easier for our students, while still covering our operating expenses.
Please consider making a gift today to help students like Roberto and Manuel. You can text MISSION to 91999 from your cell phone, click here to make a gift through our website, or you can send a check to La Salle Academy, 215 E 6th Street, New York, NY 10003 ATTN: Development Office.
I started this message referencing two brothers, two parents, and two countries. I cited the role you play in providing a positive impact for our students and their families. I conclude by asserting we are linked as one La Salle. Let us continue to stand tall and proud together!
Gratefully, with prayers and best wishes,
Brother Thomas P. Casey, FSC
P.S. I have changed the names of the individuals mentioned in my message to respect their privacy. What is not changed, is the way the Easter message of hope comes alive for this family, and for all at La Salle, because of your generosity and prayers. I wish you a blessed Easter as well.