Dear Families and Friends of DeLaSalle,
There is no better time than the Christmas season to express gratitude… and so we shall. There is something to be said for remembering God’s presence in our lives, especially in this holy Christmas season, for stories of humble and sacred beginnings and for lives built upon loving God and our neighbors — goodness and grace, from and for all people.
And so we thank you for your support of DeLaSalle and for our most important feature – the remarkable students who call Nicollet Island their home away from home. Every day we are honored to work with these inquisitive, kind and ambitious young women and men. We are today the third-largest Catholic high school in Minnesota, and our students truly represent the breadth of the Twin Cities and our world, coming to De from over 125 area middle schools, from Prior Lake to Stillwater, St. Michael to Cottage Gove, and all points in between.
What a remarkable mission we all share at DeLaSalle. For 120 years, we have remained rooted on Nicollet Island, because it is here in the heart of the city that we best continue our welcoming commitment to kids from every neighborhood. As it has been since our founding in 1900, when this school opened to provide education for European immigrant families moving into Minneapolis, we are a school built upon the belief that ALL kids have true wealth to share in their individual God-given gifts, that who they are is what matters in the end.
Catholic, Lasallian, urban, historic, college preparatory, diverse, authentic, human – we are all of these things at DeLaSalle, and all of you play a vital role in our success. We thank all of you!
We thank their parents – OUR parents – who make remarkable sacrifices on behalf of their children and they have raised them well. We are an extension of the love and lessons offered at the kitchen tables of over 700 homes, and we are grateful beneficiaries.
Our many donors partner with parents to make all of this work. Parent tuition payments (and all families pay tuition at some level) make up the majority of our income, but without question, the financial support of alumni and friends helps us help more students and families. We thank our supporters. This year alone, we are supporting 53 percent of our students with reduced tuition based upon calculated financial need; the total amount of our commitment to these students is unsurpassed in Minnesota.
So in this season, as the Class of 2020 receives the many, many acceptance letters from colleges across the country (and they are), and as hundreds of prospective Class of 2024 Islanders tour DeLaSalle and submit application materials (and they are, too), we are exceptionally grateful for you. Your support of young women and men who are proud to call themselves Islanders is extraordinary. May the humble message of the manger birth and of this season, of a Savior’s enduring love and mercy for ALL nations, resonate in your hearts and homes throughout the New Year. Be assured that we will be continue to be careful stewards of that message, of your support and prayer, and of each child entrusted to our care.
We are rejoicing to be called to this work. We are forevermore grateful that you share in this mission.
Thank You and Merry Christmas from DeLaSalle!