November 5, 2012
I have been working at St. Michael's for over 14 years and it holds a very special place in my heart. From its founding in 1890, it has been a place where every child is welcome regardless of their circumstances or their family’s financial situation. St. Michael’s overall philosophy is that the child comes first. This philosophy was introduced to me by the Executive Director, Helen Riley on the day I interviewed for a position at the school. There was such passion in her voice and it appealed to me very much because I had spent most of my life putting children first. My life had been dedicated to lovingly teaching children from my own two daughters to the thousands of students I had taught in dance classes over the years. So, the feeling that I had found a place to continue this devotion of mine was welcome. As the years have unfolded for me at St. Michael’s, I have come to see that Helen Riley’s passion is real and it is contagious. It permeates the entire school from the faculty, the staff, the families and every visitor that comes to find out what St. Michael’s is all about. Mrs. Riley’s lifelong dedication to improving the lives of little children has led a rally to bring equal opportunity to a quality education to thousands of children who might otherwise be left behind. No one benefits more than our children! I eagerly ask you to consider making St. Michael’s School one of your 2012 Great Nonprofits.
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