St. Stephen’s Catholic School raises $23,000 at BASH fundraiser |

St. Stephen’s Catholic School raises $23,000 at BASH fundraiser

While the idea of Catholic school may summon images of school uniforms and nuns tapping students on the knuckles with wooden rulers, St. Stephen’s Catholic School presents a very different atmosphere.

The private school, located in Glenwood, held its annual fundraiser March 18 at the Hotel Colorado. The event raised more than $23,000, which will go toward education resources for its 105 students.

St. Stephen’s Catholic School, founded in 1981, prides itself on its small class size, warm family atmosphere, and teachers who can spend time discovering their students’ learning style and individual needs.

Along with 14 teachers on staff who provide an above-average teacher-to-student ratio, the school has high education, moral, and religious standards and low tolerance of excuses, negative actions, and mediocrity, which they believe create an atmosphere that allows every student to excel.

In February, the National Center for Education Statistics released a report that showed students in private schools scored higher on assessment tests than the national average.

When Patrick and Marianne McGarry moved their 8-year-old son from public school to St. Stephen’s, they saw a transformation in their son within six months.

“He went from a ‘B-C student to a straight ‘A’ student,” Patrick McGarry said. “The smaller classes, individual attention, and the safe environment really lends to a pristine learning experience ” and that’s what it’s all about.”

Parents also recognize the spirit of faith in which the school was founded 25 years ago as a place that would provide an education where the primary focus would be a Christ-centered education that teaches lifelong morals and values.

“We are trying to raise our family around the Catholic religion to reinforce our beliefs,” Nely Salvidrez said.

While a private school tuition fee can be a sacrifice, parents and educators see it as one of the most important investments in a child’s future.

“I cannot imagine our little girl going anywhere else,” Meg Lindsey said.

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