FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2021
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN RELEASES VIDEO OF STUDENTS SAYING THANK YOU TO THEIR TEACHERS ON THIS TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY
The Diocese of Brooklyn, on this Teacher Appreciation Day, is releasing a video compilation of students of Catholic schools and academies throughout Brooklyn and Queens, thanking their teachers for their continued efforts and dedication, especially throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“On this Teacher Appreciation Day, I extend my thanks to Catholic school teachers in the Diocese of Brooklyn who have made learning possible in these times. We are blessed with incredible teachers who commit to teaching the love of Christ. Without them, our schools would not have been open and we owe a debt of gratitude to them. The sacrifices they made were over and beyond what they normally do. I am sure our children and their families appreciate everything as I do personally,” said The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.
The 69 Catholic elementary schools and academies in Brooklyn and Queens opened on time and have maintained safe and consistent in-person instruction from Nursery (PreK-3) through the 8th grade. An innovative online program with live instruction was launched in September to offer those needing, or choosing, to keep their children at home. K-8 enrollment has increased at 40% of the elementary schools this year throughout the Diocese.
“Teachers have been so strong, dedicated, and present for their students. We opened fully in-person in September and while taking all of the necessary precautions, our teachers have supported our students as they adjusted and pushed forward in this new world. Saying thank you seems inadequate when one considers the ever-changing roles that teachers have had to step into during the 2020-2021 school year. Our gratitude and appreciation for our teachers is indescribable. Their influence on students, families, and school communities has been an inspiration,” said Dr. Thomas Chadzutko, Superintendent of Catholic School Support Services.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is planning to fully reopen all academies and schools in Brooklyn and Queens in September in compliance with the required COVID safety regulations. The St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Online Academy will also remain an option for those who want to continue distance learning in the 2021-2022 school year.
Teacher appreciation video: https://youtu.be/1FvjWb