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Our Nativity Story

The Class of 2013

Class of 2012

A Legacy of Service to the Nativity Community

On behalf of all of those 24 families whose last child graduates from Nativity, we would like to say thank you, thank you, thank you. The gratitude that we all feel is boundless. We are blessed to have had the opportunity to send our children to a school that has helped mold them into the quality young men and women that they are. While we look forward to the next phase of our children’s education, we are all a little bit melancholy leaving Nativity behind. Our relationship with the school that has meant so much to all of us will change. We are passing the torch to the newer families just as we accepted those roles many years ago. What makes this group of graduating families so unique is the numbers and the intensity of involvement by so many. We served as athletic director, sports’ coordinators, coaches, room parents, parish council members, festival workers, PTA leadership, principal advisory board members, Christmas tree workers, fish fry volunteers, and many others. When these students were in kindergarten, (Can you believe it was nine years ago?)  Bob Herring was forced into a little mini-retirement. Nativity reacted swiftly and decisively.  We were not going to sit quietly while the man that that has now led Nativity school for 28 years was questionably fired.  A group was formed called the LCC (Leadership Crisis Committee). This group of ten amazing parishioners worked tirelessly to get questions answered which eventually led to Bob being rightly reinstated as our Principal.  Look at how many of those leaders are in this graduating class.

Perhaps never in the history of the school, has so much volunteerism left the school at one time. In the history of Nativity, I am not sure that any one person has volunteered in more important roles than Patti Newberry. She has led countless efforts in the school and in the parish. Nativity will of course continue to do what Nativity does. We are already seeing others step into the many roles we served. You can picture the sleeves being rolled up, just as those who came before us did. This special group of “last child” parents felt it was important to leave something practical behind. This volunteer effort, led by Margaret Shaw, presents to Nativity school this scale which can be used for many years to come.

Thank you Bob, Nancy, Fr. Paul, and all Nativity faculty and staff for the gift that is Nativity.  God Bless.

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