2003-07-18 / Community

St. Edmund Prep Will Offer Exchange Program

Shown left to right: Assistant Head Teach­er Tristram Hobson, Head Teacher Jacqui Goodall, Academic Dean Ray Malafronte, and Development Director Chris Wright.Shown left to right: Assistant Head Teach­er Tristram Hobson, Head Teacher Jacqui Goodall, Academic Dean Ray Malafronte, and Development Director Chris Wright.

St. Edmund Prep is starting an exchange program, which will take place in October.

After the 9/11 tragedy the St. Edmund Girls’ School in Salisbury, England wanted to show their support so they found the Brooklyn school on the Internet. The students from England wrote letters comforting the students and staff and letters of condolences to individuals who lost a loved one.

Shortly after 9/11, a box was received at the Brooklyn school containing letters, poems, drawings, and pictures of students in Salisbury. A check for $1,500 was included, which was money raised by students in England. Their money was added to the $29,000 that Brooklyn students raised by having a Walk-A-Thon in Marine Park.

The money was divided between the two funds. A check was given to the Windows of Hope Relief Fund in memory of firefighter Daniel Suhr., whose wife is an alumnus of St. Edmund Prep. The other half of the money was used to establish a scholarship fund.

In response to their generosity and expression of sympathy, Brooklyn students wrote thank you letters and poems. There were tears and smiles as students wrote back and sent pictures of themselves. The Brooklyn students also sent to England items from St. Edmund Prep such as sweatshirts, key chains, stuffed animals, pens, and pictures of school events, etc. This made the friendship stronger.

The entire St. Edmund Prep community was touched by the support given from Salisbury, England during this time of need. The students were especially grateful because it gave them hope and it helped them discuss their feelings. St. Edmund Prep’s new friends from so far away consoled broken hearts.

This past spring Development Director Chris Wright and Academic Dean and English coordinator Ray Malafronte went to Salisbury, England to visit with the administration and set up an Exchange Program. They met with Head Teacher Jacqui Goodall and Assistant Head Teacher Tristram Hobson. St. Edmund Prep’s school mascot, the Lenox eagle, was presented to the latter wrapped around the American flag.

In the future an exchange program might also be started with the adjacent St. Edmund Boys School.

The exchange with the St. Edmund Prep Girls School has been set for October 20 to 26, which is when St. Edmund Prep’s students will travel to England with English teacher (and Rockaway resident) Mrs. Moquin. Then they will return to the U.S. with the girls from England who will stay in the U.S. from October 27 to October 31. Plans now are being finalized; including the decision on what programs would be the best possible experience for the students.

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