Dear Friends and Alumni of Salesian High School,
How do our students travel to Salesian? Well…Metro North…private bus…school bus…parents…carpool…a few in the neighborhood walk. One student, however, has devised his own daily rush-hour pattern to travel to and from Salesian each day.
When George was accepted to Salesian in January 2020, he lived in the north Bronx. During the summer, his mother decided to move to Stamford, Conn. He was still intent on attending Salesian although his mother couldn’t pay the tuition, and he now lived in an inaccessible area.
Two brothers, generous friends of Salesian, offered to pay the difference between the school’s financial aid package and the tuition cost. Great as that offer was, it still left George with the transportation dilemma. He wasn’t going to let this deter him. He purchased a small, second-hand bicycle. Now, he rides his bicycle from his apartment to the Stamford Metro-North station and then rides it from the New Rochelle station to school. Perseverance? Absolutely.
Although he came here to be an Eagle basketball star, he quickly decided that he wanted to do more. He is practicing with the volleyball squad and found his way to the baseball field to check out the team. His grades earned him a spot on the Principal’s List for the first quarter. He works hard, is unfailingly respectful, and well-liked by his peers. Salesian is his first Catholic-school experience, and he has fit right in. Both he and we are glad that he is an Eagle.
While George’s story is certainly inspiring, this story of dedication and desire can be repeated many times over when it comes to our Salesian family. We have many fine young men who overcome personal and family challenges to attend Salesian. The community knows that Salesian High School is more than just a school. It’s a home.
There are two brothers who were not accepted to Salesian at first request. Their mother and grandmother spent months appealing the decision. Finally, these brothers were admitted on the condition that if they failed any class, they would not be able to remain. They promised to work hard, and they have been as good as their word. Both brothers have received second or first honors almost every quarter since sophomore year. It’s a miracle–the miracle of giving a young man an opportunity and witnessing each student rise to the occasion.
Miracles occur here all the time! Generous alums and friends made certain that every family would be able to return to Salesian for this year, regardless of their ability to pay. Our Centennial Campaign continues to make great progress in spite of the pandemic around us. Young men are learning, praying, playing and growing. We visited every senior before they graduated and every freshman before school began to welcome them to the Salesian Family! We make a difference in the lives of our young men and their families!
I invite you to be a miracle-worker! This year we celebrated our very first #GivingTuesday to great success. Now, I invite you to make a statement of support for Salesian High School by joining your fellow alumni and friends in making a year-end gift.
Please join me in making an online contribution to support your cherished Catholic school. If ever there was a time to support our beloved Salesian High School it is this year – it is truly the most important time in our 100-year history. Let’s make it a great start into the next 100 years for Salesian High School by helping young men’s dreams come true and help us take them to places that they never expected.
Thank you for your willingness to work miracles in the lives of young men!
May you and your family have a blessed Christmas season. You are remembered each day in the prayers of the Salesian community.
In Don Bosco,
Fr. John J. Serio SDB