Since this is the first "School Matters' column of 2008, I decided to take some advice and talk about some New Year's resolutions. By now you are tired of hearing about diets, health clubs, and exercise regiments (not that I couldn't benefit from all of the above) and I will refrain from mentioning them again. Instead I will offer some resolutions inspired by some events at Norwalk Catholic School.
My first resolution is to remember and honor the institutions and people who have influenced your past. Just the other day I was helping set up for a luncheon in the St. Paul Parish Center. In the distance I saw a man walking about the room, looking at pictures and checking out the facilities. He asked a few questions about the building and then asked for a pen. He signed a book and placed it into a bookcase. I approached him to retrieve the pen and introduced myself. He introduced himself as Mike Gottfried, and he began to explain his early years at St. Paul in the late sixties. As he spoke, what really struck me was a genuine sense of gratitude he felt towards St. Paul High. Even though he knows none of the current teaching staff, he gave me a donation to pay for their lunch because, in his words, "the people of St. Paul's were so good to me.'