“Everybody was a bit nervous but so happy to be taking that first step back into school,” Boland told RNS.
Beyond granting scholarships for Uvalde families, Catholic Extension will support six sisters so they can provide onsite emotional assistance during the first week of school at SHCS. Throughout the next 18 months, 100 Catholic Extension volunteers will serve the Catholic community in Uvalde, according to the organization.
In years past, the private school enrolled approximately 100 students. To provide a sense of security for the new influx of SHCS students, principal Joseph Olan published a planned outline for the 2022-2023 year. The new measures listed include a full-time emotional support guidance campus counselor. The school also installed 8-foot steel fences and ballistic grade windows and doors.
The coming school year may evoke intense emotions for Uvalde Catholics but has the potential to transform the community into a “new identity,” said García-Siller.
“My hope and prayer for Uvalde as the school year begins is that we move forward in faith and hope, trusting in God and experiencing the joy of welcoming,” said García-Siller.
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