January 27, 2012

2012 Catholic Schools Week Supplement

Parent finds a sense of community for her children

Matthew Graf, left, and his brother, Nathan, pose for a picture at St. Paul School in New Alsace with Father Scott Nobbe, who is both the parish priest and the principal of the school. School secretary Millie Kraus watches in the background. (Submitted photo)

Matthew Graf, left, and his brother, Nathan, pose for a picture at St. Paul School in New Alsace with Father Scott Nobbe, who is both the parish priest and the principal of the school. School secretary Millie Kraus watches in the background. (Submitted photo)

By Sara Graf

When searching for a school for my children, my number one goal was to find a community that would support our children’s emotional, religious and educational growth. St. Paul School in New Alsace has exceeded my expectations.

It is the small things that add up to make St. Paul School so unique. The class sizes are small so the children are known on a personal basis by all—the priests, principal, secretary, teachers and cafeteria workers. Additionally, children of all grades interact well together.

I am also pleased that religion is able to “come alive” for our children. They come home from school excited to tell me about reading the petitions in church, taking up gifts and the Bible stories they learned about in class. I have also personally grown in my faith through talking to my children about what they have learned in school.

Thank you to everyone who has supported St. Paul School. The support for generations has now enabled our children to grow up in a very loving and supportive community within their school.

(Sara Graf is the mother of Matthew, a second-grade student, and Nathan, a kindergarten student, at St. Paul School in New Alsace.)

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