A local credit union gives credit where it's due -- with an award to a local parochial school in Eastmoreland

DAVID F. ASHTON - Holy Family Catholic School Principal Joe Galati and instructor Susana Parodi hold the schools award check, as OnPoint Sellwood Branch Manager Tara Cunningham then presents an additional crystal award. Not long ago, Holy Family Catholic School in Eastmoreland was named the "OnPoint Community Build Award Winner" for 2021.

"I'm so happy about this; we're expanding the project that was started, in a small way, twelve years ago, by creating our 'Equity Team' here at the school," explained Holy Family School teacher Susana Parodi, as she accepted the $5,000 check on behalf of the school.

Parodi pointed out that THE BEE had covered several of the school's annual "International Fairs" – one of the activities that had come out of that committee. Specifically, Parodi said that the school will use funds from the grant to engage guest speakers from different cultures, to provide books for the 'social justice book club', to purchase food for cooking classes, and to provide art supplies.

"One of our staff members, Eden Goffredi, wrote this grant application, thinking that with the funding, we could go beyond only including our students, and also include the parents and the whole community around us – to promote tolerance, peace, diversity, and inclusion," Parodi added.

At the ceremony at the OnPoint Community Credit Union branch on S.E. 13th and Tacoma Street in Sellwood, Holy Family Catholic School Principal Joe Galati was also on hand: "For us at Holy Family, this is a dream come true; it supports our incredibly gifted committee who put together this 'Racial Equity Plan', that makes sure that we honor diversity, and acknowledge and truly recognize the challenges that exist.

"And, at the same time, it's time to truly celebrate everything that our community has, and give our children the opportunity to learn more," Galati said.

"I am just so excited and so thrilled for them; and, I'm excited to be a part of helping this school on its journey," remarked OnPoint Branch Manager Tara Cunningham.

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