The Community Takes Note: Catholic Schools are a Catalyst for Change

The Community Takes Note: Catholic Schools are a Catalyst for Change

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Saint Martin School Principal, Debby Rodriguez, and Student Council with Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Amidst the excited hustle and bustle of Catholic Schools Week, Saint Martin of Tours School paused to honor the larger community that supports them–San Jose. The school has a rich history of serving the Rose Garden neighborhood and beyond, so it seemed fitting to honor this long-standing relationship. Wednesday, February 1 was dubbed Community Day, which was highlighted by a school wide assembly to welcome a very special guest: Mayor Sam Liccardo.

Mayor Liccardo, a product of local Catholic education himself, spoke to the student body about the importance of not solely educating their minds, but their hearts as well. He encouraged this generation to participate in local government and use their voices to influence positive social change. The children were a captive audience and very receptive to the mayor’s message which emphasized the importance of being an empathetic and active member of the community.

Once the mayor finished his remarks to the audience, the students had the opportunity to share what they love about San Jose with the mayor. The gym lights dimmed, and the video screen lit up with the faces and voices of the future. From parks and trails to libraries and sports teams, the students of Saint Martin of Tours painted a wonderful picture of what it looks like to grow up in this vibrant city.

The assembly came to a close with the presentation of a city proclamation recognizing Saint Martin of Tours for its admirable efforts to promote faith, knowledge, and service throughout the community for over sixty years. With the strong support of the city of San Jose, Saint Martin will surely continue to educate and serve the community for years to come.