Do you remember what you learned in 5th grade? Kristen Beaumonte did, and it helped her to decide to attend the University of Notre Dame.
The impact of an All Saints Catholic School education is felt throughout a lifetime, and creates a foundation for further success. This was never more apparent than when Kristen Beaumonte, ASCS ‘14, who is currently a sophomore at the University of Notre Dame, stopped in to visit during her fall break this year and shared this story with her 5th grade teacher Mrs. Laura Wrinn. She wrote about it in her application to Notre Dame. Here it is in her words:
“I really didn’t want to like the University of Notre Dame because I was convinced it was too far from home. I visited anyway with my parents’ support, in order to please my counselors who saw it as a good fit. I loved it! As I heard about the rigorous academic programs and the supportive community, I found myself getting excited. I had heard some of this before at other schools, but here it really felt true. Notre Dame struck me because of its deep-rooted combination of school and faith. The Catholic values of the institution also provided me with a sense of foundation and familiarity, as I’ve been raised Catholic and don’t want to give up weekly mass or lectoring while I’m away at college, For me, the moment I truly realized that this could be my second home was when I stepped into the grotto featuring the appearance of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes. Saint Bernadette was the patron saint of my fifth grade classroom, and I always found her story beautiful and comforting. To see that miracle from my youth immortalized at the University of Notre Dame was the powerful moment I realized that I’d feel connected to home, despite the distance.”
Each classroom at All Saints has adopted a Patron Saint. Throughout the school year, they learn all about this Saint, and during our All Saints Day Mass, our Parade of Saints has become a yearly tradition.
As we celebrate our 30th year, we are reminded again and again, that we are all connected through our All Saints Catholic School family, and the larger family of the Catholic church.