Tampa Catholic initiated a pen pal program with a local assisted living facility. These neighbors in need hadn't been allowed any visitors for over 2 months and the isolation necessary for protecting their physical health against COVID 19 had worn down their emotional health. Our Crusaders stepped in and began writing letters to over 40 senior citizens that were in need of interaction. Each Tampa Catholic student committed to a letter per week for the months of July and August. Many of our students even coordinated with the facility’s activities director by sending Christmas cards and ornaments for the resident's “Christmas in July” celebration. Our Christian Brother charism has allowed for a creative solution to Jesus' call for us to "visit the sick."
Other News from ERCBNA
2019-2020 ERCBNA Advocacy Person of the Year Award
Google Meet presentation of the 2019-2020 ERCBNA Advocacy Person of the Year Award, which was given to two co-recipients: Mia Mirassou and Jim Micheletti of Palma School.
Promoting Antiracism in Edmund Rice Schools
In conjunction with Province Leader, Br. Kevin Griffith’s May letter on racial justice, a committee consisting of ERCBNA schoolteachers, administrators and Brothers was formed to develop lesson plans and educational resources to promote antiracism in Edmund Rice schools.
Serving and Advocating Digitally at Guadalupe
Guadalupe Regional Middle School (GRMS) was founded with the goal of providing a nearly tuition free education for working poor families. Our families are unable to afford the tuition of a Catholic school.
EXCERCISES IN EMPATHY
Covid-19 has caused countless interruptions to so many facets of our lives across our entire world.No place has been immune from this virus, including CTF Soledad State Prison in California, where there have been cancellation of programs, increased confinement, and rising concerns of mass infection.