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Spreading the Word

St. John staff speak to Lions about school’s mission, ask for prayers
Getting the word out in an effort to help the revitalization efforts of St. John Catholic School, Teacher Brian Pierce and Principal Christopher Rebuck attended the Ennis Noon Lions Club Wednesday.
Pierce told club members what the school stands for and thanked the Lions Club for everything it has done in the past and what it “will surely do in the future” for the school. He also made a request asking the members to remember the school in their prayers as those who love the institution work to ensure it remains open through its 100th anniversary and continues another 100 years.
Pierce said St. John School is “a light of learning and morality where a service is provided for the children as they are shown an environment where it is okay to be good.”
After being at the parochial school four years, Pierce said he has yet to see a fight, a weapon or drugs on the campus and the students don’t use locks on their lockers. He said this was due to having a sense of respect for one another.
“What we do at St. John is something very special,” Pierce said. “We expect our students to rise to the level of character and academic excellence our nation needs.”
Pierce said St. John is a place open to families of all faith and kids say the pledge of allegiance and the 10 commandments.
“We’re there for the children and we’re there to give back to the community,” Pierce said.
Pierce stated he teaches at St. John School, where teachers receive a little more than half the starting salary of public school teachers, because it is his way of giving back to God for all the blessings he has received.
“We do this because we choose to know and live what we teach our students,” Pierce said. “I’m proud to be associated with St. John. It’s the greatest thing I ever did apart from my wife and kids.”
St. John has been producing excellent athletic programs recently and Pierce said 90 percent of the student body takes part in athletics. Pierce said even the ones who would probably not participate in athletics in public school can be seen suiting up.
“Athletics play an important part in the development of a child,” Pierce said.
“We have a premiere student athlete department for our size. We check students’ eligibility weekly. We hold them accountable for their actions.”
Pierce doesn’t claim to have better students than public school, but he does believe they get the attention needed in small classrooms.
“These kids don’t walk in the school and have halos above their heads,” Pierce said.
The finale of Pierce’s program was to discuss the struggling financial situation St. John is in. Pierce stated the hurdles come from previous years but it is still affecting the staff and students now.
“We’re facing an up hill battle, but it’s one we can overcome,” Pierce said.
Pierce believes St. John must overcome it due to being the school for students as far as Corsicana, Red Oak, Waxahachie and Fairfield. It is also the only K through 12th grade private school in a 40-mile radius. According to Pierce, despite enrollment costs being reasonable St. John is experiencing one of the lowest enrollments in the Dallas diocese.
Pierce is an ex-Lions member but still understands what a difference the group makes.
“If you can find a Noon Lion to emulate your life after, you could do a lot worse,” Pierce tells his students.
Gary Fincher was inducted as a new member to the club.
The Ennis Noon Lions Club meets Wednesday at noon at the Ennis Country Club.

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