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Serving Others Across the Country

Wednesday, May 5, 2021


How the Generosity of Greenwich Catholic School Impacted

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School

Mrs. Selma Santos, principal of Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Laredo, was brought to tears when she found about 200 cards, homemade by students living half-way across the country, in a box she recently received in the mail. When Sarah Gengoe, secretary of the Parents Association Board at Greenwich Catholic School in Connecticut, heard about how Texans were affected by February’s freezing weather, she contacted several superintendents across the state to ask if any of their schools had permanent damage caused by the weather. On behalf of the school’s administration, faculty, parents and students, she expressed a desire to offer support.

Dr. Guadalupe Perez, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Laredo, was among those contacted, and she shared the information with all of the schools in the diocese. Mrs. Santos then communicated with Mrs. Gengoe regarding a few urgent and unexpected repairs that were needed. A pipe going to the restroom broke, and four of the classrooms had parts of the ceiling that were falling in due to water damage.

Little did Mrs. Santos know, or expect, such a generous outpouring of love and financial assistance. Students from each grade level at Greenwich made cards with heartwarming messages to be handed out to the students from Blessed Sacrament.

Additionally, $7000 was raised for Blessed Sacrament through a “jean day” fundraiser. On jean days, students are asked to make a small donation as a result of being allowed to wear jeans with a school shirt instead of their school uniform.

“This is what we instill in students at our Catholic schools—giving. We promote service,” Mrs. Santos emotionally shared, humbled by the kindness shown by people whom they will likely never meet.  

*Below are photos of Mrs. Santos holding the box of cards and reading a couple of them at her desk. 





An act of service united two Catholic schools.