Guadalupe School was founded over 50 years ago and continues to operate today in the belief that education has the power to transform lives.
We support Salt Lake City’s refugees and immigrants. America’s current citizenry is largely comprised of persons whose forebears settled in this country as immigrants. America is at its roots a nation of people who came here from elsewhere.
Salt Lake City is a better place to live because of the presence among us of people from other nations. Hundreds of former and current Guadalupe students contribute in meaningful ways to our community through their industry, self-reliance, and love of family.
Guadalupe School rejects the idea of immigration limitation based on country of national origin.
We stand proudly by our students, past and present…be they US citizen, aspiring citizen, immigrant or refugee. These persons’ lives have equal value to ours. Their capacity to contribute to our community and nation is a rich resource. Their aspirations are ours.
Guadalupe School fue fundada hace más de 50 años y sigue en operación hoy con la convicción que la educación tiene el poder de transformar vidas.
Apoyamos a los inmigrantes y refugiados de Salt Lake City. La población actual de los Estados Unidos se compone en gran parte de personas cuyos antepasados se establecieron en este país como inmigrantes. América es, desde sus raíces, una nación poblada por personas que vinieron de otros países.
Salt Lake City se ha convertido en un mejor lugar para vivir en gran parte gracias a la presencia entre nosotros de personas de otras naciones. Cientos de estudiantes de Guadalupe School, actuales y anteriores, contribuyen de una manera significativa a nuestra comunidad a través de su laboriosidad, la autosuficiencia, y el amor a la familia.
Guadalupe School rechaza la idea de imponer limitantes basadas en nacionalidad de origen.
Apoyamos orgullosamente a nuestros alumnos, actuales y anteriores . . . sean ciudadanos de los EEUU, aspirantes a obtener la nacionalidad estadounidense, inmigrantes o refugiados. Las vidas de estas personas valen igual que las nuestras. Su contribución a nuestra comunidad y a nuestra nación constituye un recurso enriquecedor. Sus aspiraciones son también nuestras.
By Cassie Bingham, Communications Specialist
Each year seniors from Juan Diego Catholic High School experience a very unique week, free of the lectures, homework, and quizzes of normal high school life. Instead, they are encouraged by their principal and teachers to leave school and enter community organizations to perform an entire week of service. Juan Diego's motto is "Spiritus Donorum" or the spirit of giving. We appreciate the students and staff putting this motto into action, because for the last two years we have had incredible teams of Juan Diego students elect Guadalupe School as their organization of choice.
For the charter school kids it was a pleasant surprise to be greeted by new faces of young people willing to help during their first week back to school after the winter break. The Juan Diego seniors interacted with students from all of the charter grades, playing games with them during PE, being math tutors, putting together skits for the school assembly, and running a week long one-on-one reading program.
Students were delighted to have new role models who were so willing to make friends and have fun, while also helping them learn valuable tools and lessons. This was most evident during the reading program the Juan Diego volunteers did with Guadalupe fourth graders. Twenty-six fourth graders received personal reading help from the thirteen Juan Diego students each day for the entire week. By the end of the week, twelve of the fourth graders had increased by one level in reading fluency and four had increased by two levels! All together, the Juan Diego volunteers executed 126 one-on-one reading tutoring sessions. By the end, the seniors had forged bonds with their Guadalupe student counterparts, and each of them wrote personal letters encouraging the kids to keep working hard and moving forward.
The Juan Diego seniors not only worked with Guadalupe kids, they also got to meet a few of their parents! In order to help document the powerful stories of the families at our school, the volunteers interviewed several moms. They had the opportunity to discuss their immigration stories, the challenges of raising a family in a new culture and language, and their hopes and dreams for their children's futures. The moms were impressed with the maturity and kindness of the volunteers, and the volunteers were inspired by the stories they were able to hear.
Guadalupe School could not be happier about the example set by such wonderful high school seniors, nor more grateful for their help to both students and staff. We look forward to welcoming more Juan Diego volunteers in the future, and hope that Guadalupe School students will follow similar paths of success and service!