Social media and especially Instagram have helped to keep us together throughout the past year as we transitioned to our new virtual way of life. 2020 was a year one to remember - from the joy of graduation and the start of a new school year to celebrating the lives of our beloved Sisters, here is a look back at our favorite St. Joan Antida High School posts of 2020.
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More than 65 years ago, the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida began the annual Spaghetti with the Sisters event as a way to bring the community together in support of the young women of St. Joan Antida High School (SJA). This year SJA was committed to carrying on this time-honored tradition with an all-new "Bring the Tradition Home" event which took place on Sunday, November 1.The event raised a record $182,000 to support the students of St. Joan Antida High School – more than tripling the results of past year's Spaghetti proceeds.
With the cancelation of the school's spring Gala due to COVID-19, school staff worked with a volunteer-driven committee to combine two signature fundraisers into this all-new format. There were several new components to this year's Spaghetti with the Sisters event: carryout only service, SJA's partnership with the Riverwest Food Pantry, a silent/live auction, and the launch of a new fund to honor the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida.
August 28, 2020
Dear St. Joan Antida High School Family,
The administration, faculty, and staff of St. Joan Antida High School, like the rest of Wisconsin and the country, are feeling the weight of the persistent acts of racism. We pray for justice for Jacob Blake, as well as for George Floyd, Breanna Taylor, Joel Acevedo, and the countless other victims of police brutality. We pray for peace and for real and substantive change to policies that perpetuate racism.
As a community of faith and followers of Christ, we recognize we are also called to action. We stand in full support of our students and continually take steps to ensure that their voices are heard. We must consistently examine how our own beliefs and biases affect the students with whom we interact every day. We must determine the ways that our school community can work to make sure that the larger community in which our students live is one that recognizes and honors their human dignity.