Saint Raphael School fosters a Catholic faith that gives meaning and direction to life, challenges and guides our students to pursue academic excellence, and instills within them a spirit of service to God and others. "Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on F.I.R.E." -St. Catherine of Siena

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A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus, but a molder of consensus.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear Saint Raphael Parents and Friends,

Student council elections are generally held in May for positions beginning the following August. It is amazing to watch the transformation of some of our student council members from shy speakers to school leaders. I remember one student years ago who went from being the quietest student in her class to student body president.

Presidents’ Weekend is a time to rest but also a time to reflect on two presidents that our country has had, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. How do we prepare our students to be good leaders? How do we teach them to be leaders with integrity, compassion, and faith? Confidence comes from believing in themselves, practicing speaking publicly, and serving others. But true leadership comes from being the person whom God meant them to be. For that we need to keep them close to God with family prayer and examples of placing God at the center of our lives.

I hope to see many of you at the auction gala on Saturday evening. Thank you to all those who supported the online auction. All of our efforts at fundraising go towards making our school the best for our children.

Being a leader does not always mean being the President of the United States or being on Student Council. For us, it means making good choices, being unselfish, humble, and willing to serve others. We are all called to be leaders for Christ.

Lydia Collins, Principal



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