The Lasallian mission touches the hearts of students by providing inclusive, faith-filled communities led by dedicated educators who are attentive to the needs of students. It is in these environments where students—and educators—share in transformative experiences that prepare them for life, work and service. As the coronavirus pandemic hit in early 2020, ministries quickly adapted how they serve those entrusted to their care. Below are just a few examples of innovative ways in which educators supported their students, schools and alumni served the community, and more.
Producing Face Shields for Healthcare Professionals
As the need for personal protective equipment for medical staff increased, the Gadomski School of Engineering at Christian Brothers University (CBU) in Memphis, Tennessee, answered the call. Through partnerships, CBU students and faculty got to work using 3D printers to create face shields. CBU provided five 3D printers to students and start-up companies and expects to produce more than 250 face shields per week. CBU made its first delivery of face shields in mid-April.
Showing Support Over Video
“We are here for you, and we miss you. And let’s admit it, you miss us, too.” That was the main message teachers at De La Salle North Catholic High School in Portland, Oregon, sent to their students through a video released in early April. The video also shared ideas on what students could do at home, including spending time with loved ones, walking and doing their classwork.
Continuing to Serve
Before coronavirus, Blake Jaronko, a junior at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey, worked in a retirement home as a server in the dining room. When the pandemic hit, his role changed. Despite the increased health risk since several residents tested positive for the virus, he continues to work because he wants to make sure residents are not without food. Blake now prepares meals and delivers them to the residents’ rooms.
Connecting over Social Media
When Villa des Jeunes in Saint-Augustin de Desmaures, Québec, had to close its doors to young people who attend its programs and formation activities, the staff decided to offer a social media challenge to stay connected and boost spirits. They call it “One Step at a Time: Because Being Alone is Something We Do Together.”Challenges include disconnecting from technology for a few hours and then posting what you learned about yourself, posting about a local business, and finding the beauty in nature.
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