SU Alumna Directs First Nativity School in Seattle
Posted by Caitlin Joyce on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM PDT
Seattle Nativity School - Jesuit Values for the Next Generation
Led by Seattle University alumna and Executive Director, Renee Willette, ‘13, the Seattle Nativity School opened its doors to its first ever class of middle school students on September 3rd. Seattle Nativity School is a Catholic, Jesuit-endorsed STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) middle school that serves exclusively low-income families.
"The mission of the Seattle Nativity School is to break the cycle of poverty through education. We are nurturing hope in the lives of our students, their families and communities by using the Jesuit criteria to educate the whole person,” said Seattle Nativity School President, Father Joseph Carver, S.J.
Spiritual and intellectual growth, love and a commitment to justice are values ingrained in the foundation of the school and its educational structure.
Seattle Nativity School has deep roots in the Seattle University community. In addition to Willette, several members of the school’s board are alumni or members of the SU community, including Rev. Peter Ely, S.J., Diane Kocer ’82, George Hofbauer,’85. President Joseph Carver, S.J. may not be a Seattle University alum, but he’s taken courses at Seattle U and is the newest resident of the Jesuit residence on campus, Arrupe House.
Father Pedro Arrupe once said that a Jesuit school’s biggest asset is its alumni. Those alumni who are not engaged in their communities fail to realize Arrupe’s vision. This vision is realized when we educate young men and women -- so they’ll become a transformational force in society. And aren’t those values the reason why so many chose a Seattle University education?
There are many ways for Seattle U alumni to get involved with our school,” Carver said. “We need people who are willing to donate their time to help tutor our students in reading and math, to share STEM expertise, to become class mentors or to join us for a ‘work party.’”
There are currently 60 nativity schools, across 22 states, but the Seattle Nativity School is the first school of its kind in Seattle. If you’re interested in learning more about Seattle Nativity School or want to get involved, you can visit their website.