Summer is here and St. Pat’s School is in the cleaning and catch up mode. Classrooms are being scrubbed from ceiling to floor, floors are being stripped and waxed, furniture is being cleaned and power washed. I love seeing room by room being made ready for when the teachers and students come back at the end of August! We are also beginning to upgrade our wiring so that our computers will run quicker and more efficiently. The hallways and bathrooms are being painted – there’s a lot happening here at St. Pat’s this summer all so we can jump right in and begin a super 2011-2012 school year!
Enjoy your summer days!
Freedom is a Gift
St. Patrick 7th and 8th graders had a wonderful opportunity to participate in an essay contest sponsored by the Malvern Memorial Day Parade and Family Day committee. The topic was: What Freedom Means to Me. We had 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in both grades. I would like to share with you some excerpts from the winning essays.
Jackie wrote: “… we enjoy a myriad of freedoms, too many to count. However, many sacrifices were made for us to celebrate our freedom. Freedom does not come without cost…” Billy said: “…all Americans should respect all who have fought for our freedom, dead or alive. We should value our freedom and all its privileges. We should make responsible decisions, vote and stand by our country in times of peace and war.” Anna stated: “…Freedom is a great privilege because it allows people to be themselves and reach their full potential; with freedom there are no boundaries.”
The 8th graders continued these thoughts with these insights. Ronnie wrote: “…our military men and women are willing to protect us anywhere; on water like the Navy, on land like our Army, on land and sea like our Marines, and in the air like the Air Force. Together these people give us the chance to be what we want to be and say what we want to say.” Nicole’s dad is serving in Afghanistan right now. She writes: “…To me, freedom is having a voice and letting it be heard; having faith and demonstrating it in public. Because of freedom, I can dream of achieving my goals and aspirations.” Keira sums it all up by saying: “…Freedom is more than just a word. It is an act, a goal, a choice. It is an act of courtesy, or an act of kindness…”
Congratulations to the 7th and 8th graders and thank you to the Borough of Malvern!
Malvern Essay Winners