Saints on the Go is the quarterly online newsletter for alumni and friends of the Catholic Schools of Broome County. Stay up to date on the happenings in and outside of the schools. Keep in touch with fellow alumni, and stay involved by participating in upcoming events and activities. For more information about any of the articles, or to submit a story email CSBCAlumni@syrdiocese.org or call 607.348.0337.
SAINTS ON THE GO – SUMMER 2021 EDITION
WELCOME CLASS OF 2021!
The CSBC Alumni association would like to congratulate the Class of 2021 on their graduation. We are incredibly proud of each one of you and we are confident that you will continue to overcome any obstacles thrown in your path. We hope that you continue your support of Catholic Schools and wish you success in all of your future endeavors. Congratulations and welcome to Seton Catholic Central’s Class of 2021.
HONORING WILLIAM PETER AND JOSEPHINE GALLAGHER
As the last children of the Gallagher family graduated from Seton Catholic Central this year, Redmond Gallagher delivered a speech and presented his grandmother, Josephine Gallagher, with a gift to recognize the many years of service and donations she and her husband, William Pete Gallagher, have dedicated to the Catholic Schools of Broome County. In his speech, Redmond noted: “All of Josephine and Pete’s children attended Broome County Catholic Schools growing up. My grandparents made sure to instill an appreciation and dedication to the faith and Catholic Schools. When it came to academics, Josephine and Pete made sure that their children and grandchildren remained dedicated, despite the fact that many report cards say otherwise. Athletics were also a large part of my family’s involvement in Catholic Schools. A passion and drive for athletic achievement have always been important in the Gallagher family. Whether it be on the court or the field it seems there has always been a Gallagher with a Seton uniform on. But, after a long string of Gallagher’s, my cousin, Bridget and I are the last of the Gallagher’s to come through Seton, at least for the time being. All the time and effort that my family has put into Catholic Schools really showed me how important and incredible Catholic Schools actually are.” Redmond Gallagher ’21
JERSEY MIKE’S AND CONNOR WILSON GIVE BACK TO CSBC
Upon graduating from Seton in 2016, Connor Wilson went onto Binghamton University where he pursued not one, but two bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Accounting. His favorite memories from Seton were reviving the SCC Fan Club, making it to the state’s baseball championships, and Mrs. Wright’s Earth Science class. He remembers how Seton always felt “like a family”. Because these bonds were so strong, he has remained friends with many of his peers.
Attending school with many like-minded individuals who set the bar high for themselves inspired Connor to chase his ambitions which led him to follow in his father’s footsteps in opening a franchise. According to Connor, “The CSBC also instilled the importance of not only doing well but doing good by placing an emphasis on giving back. This is why I like the Jersey Mike’s franchise because of their mission to give back to local communities.” Connor is delighted to be able to give back in some way to the schools that have instilled these values in his life and hopes, “more kids have an opportunity to receive a Catholic education where they can realize their full potential to pursue their passions and make their future dreams a reality.” Connor and his family are offering a free regular sub in exchange for a donation of $2.00 or more to the CSBC Foundation during their grand opening (July 28 – August 1) and all proceeds will go towards tuition assistance (print coupon, each person in the party must present coupon). Thank you to Connor and the Wilson family and best of luck on their new endeavor!
CSBC SUMMER PROGRAMMING
The Catholic Schools of Broome County offered a robust summer camp program this year from enrichment to sports to theatre camps. Over 300 students took part in the summer 2021 programs. The enrichment camp offered students the opportunity to continue their education throughout the summer through fun activities in math, ELA, science, music and art. In the theatre camps, the students performed Godspell Jr. and All Shook Up. The sports camp attendees sharpened their skills in lacrosse, basketball, softball, and soccer. A new addition this summer was a Wellness Academy taught by alumni Bill Clark (Guinness record holder) and friend Trent Patterson (former Biggest Loser contestant). The academy welcomed middle and high school students and taught them how to lead a healthy lifestyle and how to develop a champion’s mentality.
INSIDE OUR SCHOOLS
SETON CATHOLIC CENTRAL
In April, the Class of 2021 surprised their principal, Mr. Martinkovic, with gifts and speeches from several seniors for his dedication to his students and the CSBC. Despite the many challenges and restrictions due to COVID-19, Mr. Martinkovic worked tirelessly to ensure that their senior year at SCC was enjoyable and memorable. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, the senior class was able to come together and bond as a class during their senior events such as the Senior Sunset and Sunrise, the senior class trip to Hershey Park, the senior prom and post-prom party, and their graduation and baccalaureate mass. On behalf of SCC’s Class of 2021, we would like to thank Mr. Martinkovic for his tireless efforts this school year and for always making Seton feel like a family. “Thanks for having our back Mr. M. The Class of 2021 will always have your back.”
Thank you to all of the donors and community members who made it possible for the Class of 2021 to celebrate their years together at Seton Catholic Central at their senior prom and post-prom party.
ST. JAMES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
In January 2021, St. James School had a great Vocations Day as part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration. Father Brendan Foley, a St. James and SCC grad, along with Seminarian Joe Ryan, SCC Class of 2017, and Sister Rose Casaleno, from Newman House at Binghamton University, spoke to their students over Google Meet.
During their annual Race for Education, St. James raised over $10,000. To celebrate their students’ accomplishments and efforts in the fundraiser, the students had a great time dunking their principal Mr. Monachino and teacher Mr. Vollmer in the dunk tank!
At the end of the year, the faculty, students, parents, and families were able to finally join together to worship as one school community for their end-of-year mass.
ALL SAINTS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
All Saints Elementary School recently received a generous $120,000 donation from grandparents of a current student to help revitalize the outdoor play area for the students. The current area is aging, uneven and crumbling. With the donation, the school is launching Project Green Play, a multiphase project to enhance the outdoor play areas at All Saints for years to come. During phase 1, the field turf will be installed, and during phase II various enhancements to the perimeter of All Saints will take place. The initial donation will help kick off the project with the anticipation of turf installation to be completed in fall 2021. With the support of previous auction donations and from parents, alumni and friends of the Catholic Schools of Broome County, both phases of Project Green Play can be completed. For more information click here.
ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST
The end of the 2021 academic year was bitter-sweet for St. John the Evangelist School. Faculty, staff, students and families had to wish their principal, Mr. Jim Fountaine, farewell and congratulate him on his retirement. Jim has become a staple not only in the St. John’s community but the entire Catholic Schools of Broome County family. He could always be seen at sports and theatre functions, handing out candy on Saturdays during Covid testing, and ALWAYS in a fun costume for different holidays. The students loved and respected him and parents knew their children were being led by one of the best.
In order to honor all that Jim did for the St. John’s community, the staff and students presented him with a plaque during their end-of-school-year mass. The plaque indicated the playground, which came to fruition during his tenure, will now be named the Principal James J. Fountaine Playground. The Catholic Schools of Broome County wish Jim all the best in his future endeavors, and we know this is not goodbye but see you soon!