Patti Habans, Grandmother
I have four lovely, amazing grandchildren attending St. Al’s and one equally as lovely and amazing granddaughter, too young now, but I hope will attend when her age permits. With five children, it is a challenge for my daughter and son in law, Lesli and Paul Cleveland, to choose for their children a Catholic education over public education. I honor and respect their sacrifice and choice. There is a strong K - 12th Catholic educational tradition in our family. My St. Al’s grandchildren are the 4th generation in our family to attend Catholic schools. My parents were educated in Catholic schools in Wisconsin, I was educated in Catholic schools in Louisiana and, Lesli also was educated in Catholic schools in New Orleans. We, all of us, treasure our Catholic school educations - our faith, spiritual formation, social consciousness and compassion and the values of service and giving back to our communities were learned early on in our education and, these values were taught to be as important as academic excellence. I see these same values being taught at St. Al’s and I want that to continue to be a part of my grandchildren’s lives. I want them to be challenged by their Math homework, I want them to choose quiet heros for reports in Social Studies and English classes, I want them to test their scientific knowledge on field trips to Turnbull Wildlife Center, I want them to be able to show their confidence by playing a part in drama productions such as Godspell, Jr., I want them to be able to play hard and with fine sportsmanship in basketball, cross country and softball at St. Al’s, I want them to gain self-sufficiency when they are a line leader in Montessori, I want them to be altar servers and cantors at school Masses and most importantly I want my little, one year old, amazing granddaughter to also have the world of St. Al’s in her future. St. Al’s past and present has been a gift to our family. My gift to St. Al’s “Groundbreaker Challenge” is for the future of St. Al’s - the future I want for my grandchildren.