Today is a rest day in El Paso and I was blessed to have the opportunity to reconnect with a high school classmate, Florence Chamberlain. Florence and I attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau, Louisiana many years ago. She brought our high school year book with her and we had a wonderful time flipping through the pages and reminiscing and it prompted me to reflect on the role my Sacred Heart education played in shaping the person I am today. All Sacred Heart schools around the world share 5 common goals that make up the foundation of the Sacred Heart education: a personal and active faith, a deep respect for intellectual values, a social awareness that impels to action, the building of community as a value and personal growth in an atmosphere of wise freedom. These values have informed all major decisions I have made throughout my life and are as important today as they were in 1821 when our school was established. I am so deeply grateful for the education I received and the community of Sacred Heart sisters and brothers that have supported me throughout my life. Now see if you can find me in my 1981 yearbook photo!!

– Isabella @ El Paso, Texas