The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic did not stop our students from excelling in academics, athletics, the arts and other activities, nor from making the most of the milestones that make high school such a meaningful time. Likewise, the commitment from our teachers, coaches and staff set an exceptional example for how to thrive in the face of adversity. We are so grateful for the positive attitude displayed by our BC family.
Thanks to this resilience and dedication, the Bishop Carroll experience is in demand and our school community is growing. In addition to adding new traditional students, the Aquinas Hall boarding program is now open to both domestic and international students, offering an affordable, high-quality residential option. We are excited to welcome these new faces to campus this fall.
Alumni and friend support in 2020 and so far this year has been more critical than ever before. The pandemic caused serious financial strain for our school and for our families and the impact of support from alumni like you cannot be overstated. In addition to offsetting a portion of funds lost due to canceled fundraising events, donations helped to provide much-needed financial aid to families.
I want to keep you informed about how you can make an impact on students, families and our school as we look toward a new year.
While our students enjoy their summer break, the board of trustees, administrators and faculty members are already planning for the 2021-22 year and considering ways to address the emerging priorities that impact student success. You can propel these priorities forward.
In addition, support will continue to be crucial to our financial aid program in the upcoming school year. You can help to make sure all students can benefit from a Catholic education regardless of their financial circumstances. Alumni and friends truly advance the mission of BC and Catholic education. Please consider a tax-deductible gift to make sure our students get a strong start in 2021-22.