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Letter: School community shows support in time of sorrow

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Nikki Thomas-Kirch


To the editor:

On Oct. 9, my 11-year-old son’s father passed away. My son, Jimmy Thomas, is a sixth-grader at St. Rose of Lima Catholic School.

My experience during this difficult time has compelled me to reach out and share what a difference community, and in our case school community, can make when faced with a personal crisis.

We found parents and classmates at the hospital waiting with us after we were told that his father would pass in a short time. We were supported with prayers from students in all grades, parents of students and all staff.

From the football field to the school office, my son was comforted and encouraged. When faced with a loss, we often feel isolated and as though the world is going on without us. The compassion and strength my son and I received from our school family helped us stay connected with life and gently nudged us in the direction of renewal and hope.

Whether it is a school, church or other community organization, it is vital that we stay connected and give back. I only hope that I can return the support to a community member in the same loving, gracious way that our community at St. Rose supported my family. School really is good.

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