Sunday, March 11, 2007

Save Mount Carmel

Estague un tinige’ i atungo’-hu Si Stephanie Marie Mansfield. Eståba fafana’gue gui’ giya I Eskuelan Mount Carmel, ya mina’tuge’ este put i siña mahuhuchom I eskuela. Sigun i Obispo Guahan, (ni’ chumochonnek este na hinichom) maulailaika i tiempo siha, ya ti guailåyi pa’go un eskuela para i sanhaya na banda. Ti nahong i estudiante, ti nahong i salåpe.

Sigun i gof maolek na sainå-hu Zita Pangelinan, Manmana’i siha esta ki 15th April, para u na’siguru este tres nap unto.

1) Guaha ad'minis'trdoro/ra para otro sakan.
2) Ma establisa i Endowment/Alumni Foundation.
3) Guaha 150 na famaguon man fitme na ma "register" yan man ma apasi.

Yanggen manmataka’ i tres pues siña masatba i eskuela.

Bai hu na’chetton guini mågi i tinige’ Stephanie Marie yan tres na kachido ginnen Youtube. Yanggen malago hao umayuda este na eskuela taitai i tinige’ Stephanie Maria ya egga’ ko’lo’lo’na i kachido siha. Gi i kachido siha pon eyak mas put i estoria i eskuela yan i sinisedi i famagu’on.

~Stephanie wrote:

As many of you know I have been working at Mt. Carmel Catholic School in Agat, Guam for the past year. We recieved news from the Archdiocese that they will be closing our school come the end of this school year.

Mt Carmel School was founded in the village of Agat by the School Sisters of Notre Dame nearly 50 years ago. MCCS has educated generations of family members. To this day you can hear stories from grandparents picking up their 5 or 6 year old grandchildren, with a look of nostalgia in their eyes, when they start the story with "I remember when..." They often have stories of how the campus has changed so much over the years. I remember one such story from the grandfather of a student. He was reminicing with Sister Regina Paulino. He looked up at the convent and said the words of every grandparent - "I remember when..." He told the story of how he remembered there was only one building with a hot-tin roof when he attended Mt Carmel School nearly 40 years ago. He had a hint of disconnection in his voice as he became lost in his memory, continuing on, he remembered doing fundraisers outside of this one building just so the school would be able to purchase an air conditioner.

I feel so blessed for having been there to listen to his story. I am sure that there are countless others with stories of their own that they would one day like to pass on to their children. I know I have already begun writing mine.

Thank You

~Esther Ninete wrote:

I took over Stephanie's class about 3 weeks ago. It didn't take me even a day to see the beauty in Mt. Carmel School. Everyone acts as a family. In fact, many of the students, faculty, and staff members are family.

I love seeing my godchildren at school; how they are flourishing academically, spiritually, and socially.

Mt. Carmel reminds me of better times. It reminds me of times when children could be chilren and not worry about problems that plague other schools in this day and age (for example: drugs, violence, peer pressure, and most recently in the spotlight, bullying). It is an ideal learning enviroment, warm and welcoming.

And the teachers! You just can't find teachers anymore like you do at Mt. Carmel. They are experienced AND caring. They are there for the children first and foremost. Where can you find that now adays?

Ensuring a proper education is important, of course, but to be able to ensure a proper education with faith at its core - now that is exceptional!

Why is a school with an exceptional learning environment with exceptional teachers being closed?


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Indeed Mount Carmel is a pillar of the southern communities but what keeps Mount Carmel from forward progression is the lack of strength within its administration as well as the school's inability to incorporate new ideas and innovation.

Mt. Carmel has relied too long upon aggressive fundraising and the limitless contributions of parents, which in turn has crippled its enrollment. For whatever reasons the Archdiocese has turned a blind eye to the school and continues to deliberately stifle the potential of what could be an excellent school.

Mount Carmel has the potential to be a phenomenal and premier educational institution but in order for change and growth to begin a modern methodology must be employed. A method that includes tapping into and competing for "faith-based" funding, federal grants and low interest loans, as well as corporate sponsorships, community donations, and other innovative means verses the traditional method of "hands out".

Alleviating the parents of the ‘silent yet required” fundraising burden will bring the students back. Making the school an attractive alternative to DODEA will also bring the military enrollment back. There are so many promotional techniques as well as numerous other methods that the school could employ to boost its enrollment but the bottom line is innovation and motivation.

Is Mount Carmel willing to truly do what it takes to save the school or will the efforts of the parents and alumni in the end be not enough to meet the bottom line?


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