The power of community

Dear Editor:

I have learned much during this past month, but one truth stands out:  our community is special. When the announcement of the Save Marist NJ Campaign was released just a little over a month ago, I knew it would be a shock to our community, and especially to our parents and students. I knew the road ahead would be difficult and that we would have to lean heavily on our alumni for support, both through their financial contributions and their willingness to volunteer their time for our cause. What I didn’t expect, however, was the outpouring of support from the Hudson County Community.  

Words cannot adequately express my appreciation for the Hudson County Community right now. You came out in numbers to assist our efforts and I will forever be grateful. It truly was a “miracle month” and Marist High School will never forget your support and generosity.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few specific groups. First, I would like to thank all of the Catholic schools and churches in the area. Your support showed the power of the Catholic faith and your commitment to the importance of Catholic education in Hudson County. From the churches who spread word of our campaign to their parishioners, to the Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese who hosted “Dress Down” days to raise money for our cause, your efforts made our campaign successful.

Secondly, I want to extend my gratitude to all of the businesses in the area. We received overwhelming support from Hudson County businesses who backed our campaign through donations of goods and services, hosting fundraising events for us, and financial contributions to the campaign. The #savemaristnj campaign has connected Marist to the business community in ways that I could not have imagined, and I plan to nurture and continue those connections with each of you.

Lastly, but most importantly, I would like to thank the Marist Community: the students, parents, alumni, brothers, faculty, staff and everyone who calls themselves ‘Marists.’ Your enthusiasm and determination gave this campaign the momentum that kept it moving forward. The only way I know how to repay you is to keep fighting the good fight, working to ensure Marist’s longevity.

We have likened this experience to a race:  we’ve sprinted this last month, but now we are entering a marathon. We realize there is more work ahead, but your support has given us the much needed impetus to continue. Thank you again, Hudson County, for supporting the Save Marist NJ Campaign and keeping Marist in your thoughts and prayers. It will not be forgotten.

Alice J. Miesnik, Head of School, Marist High School