As the year winds down, Cristo Rey San Jose reflects on an exciting and busy Spring season.
This Spring, Cristo Rey San Jose students had many amazing opportunities to travel, reflect, learn, and lead!
After a productive Spring Break that brought more than 80 junior students to tour eight different colleges across California, a group of 50 students had the chance to travel to Yosemite National Park to participate in a program with NatureBridge. NatureBridge is a nonprofit organization that provides environmental education programs in Yosemite National Park along with five other national park locations. The students were able to participate in many programs, including hiking to Vernal Falls, learning about the Native American tribes who once lived in Yosemite Valley, and bonding with their fellow classmates. Despite the rainy weather, it was an amazing trip filled with all the wonders of nature.
Shortly after Yosemite, students and staff had an opportunity for reflection on April 21 as we participated in a Day of Silence in order to bring awareness to the silencing effects of anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. Students were encouraged to wear purple and remain silent throughout the day in order to participate in this movement. At the end of the day, a guest speaker came to share their experience, strength and hope with all our students. It was a beautiful day to stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
May 1 was a day of pride for Cristo Rey San Jose as we joined our community in the May Day March to fight for worker’s rights and international solidarity. Some of our students even came in on the weekend to make beautiful signs and a giant “wall” to carry for the march, which passed right by Cristo Rey San Jose High School. It was an incredible day of empowerment and solidarity. We are so proud of our students who consistently make an effort to take a stand and make their voices heard!
Finally, this round-up concludes with an amazing opportunity that took a group of 60 juniors to see the smash hit musical “Hamilton.” This opportunity, provided by the Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History and an anonymous donor, allowed our school to join 2,000 other high school students from around the Bay Area to participate in a day-long program including student performances, a Q&A with members of the cast, and wrapped up with the full performance of “Hamilton.”
Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School provides students from underserved communities a rigorous, college-prep education and a unique Work Study program, in which students work one day per week at Silicon Valley businesses. Fees paid by companies such as Cisco, HP, Yahoo!, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Frank Rimerman & Co., and dozens of others help offset up to 50 percent of tuition costs. Cristo Rey San Jose is one of 32 schools nationally that comprise the Cristo Rey Network. For more information, please visit www.cristoreysanjose.org.