It has only been a little over three weeks since classes resumed at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic School, but everyone is working hard to make sure that the academic year 2019-2020 is the best yet! Our students are feeling rejuvenated after their summer break, and our teachers are renewing their efforts to give quality education to all, from the youngest boy to the oldest girl.
However, it is a difficult time in Liberia. The economic situation is complicated, and many families are finding it hard to provide the basic necessities, including education, for their children. The registration count for St. Anthony’s was low heading into September, so we decided to extend the deadline for those families that couldn’t make the payments. The extension proved to be successful, and many families were able to register their children because they had the opportunity to save a little bit of extra money. Praise God!
There are several more reasons to celebrate in this new school year: new school desks, freshly painted walls, and brand-new P.E. uniforms! Our B.W.I. and St. Kizito students worked hard to build new desks for their brothers and sisters during the Summer Work Program; they also painted the school and mission facilities. Also, all of the students at St. Anthony’s received brand-new, polyester P.E. uniforms. They will last much longer than the cotton ones of years past. Everyone is so happy for all of these developments, and we thank all who donated towards this possibility!
Even though the year has just begun, so much has happened in the life of St. Anthony’s and Liberia Mission. There is also much to look forward to, such as quizzing competitions, our annual soccer league, and special “color days” with games and food. Our ninth-graders will learn the value of serving others through their service project requirement while our youngest students begin the important journey of learning to read and write. There is such a broad spectrum of achievement at St. Anthony’s and Liberia Mission; and with God’s help, we hope to continue to raise the bar for ourselves and our neighbor so that Liberia will have educated, faithful future leaders. Thank you for all of your support!