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School Feels Like Family
It’s that home away from home. It’s Grand Island Central Catholic. My favorite part about GICC is the home-like and family feel. All the teachers know who we are, even if they teach a class you’re not in. The ladies in the office always have a smile for us and are more than willing to help us or just talk for a while. The family feeling comes from everyone – the staff, the students, the administrators, and parents. GICC has helped me realize that faith and love are priorities. My aunt was sick and in the hospital when I first came to school here as a sixth grader. I was worried and depressed. But that first day of school in my religion class, the teacher asked for people who needed prayer. I prayed for my aunt and was able to talk about what happened to her. Every day after that, every person in class prayed for my aunt. That first experience at school taught me how much my school and my faith mean to me. I feel so lucky to be able to attend Grand Island Central Catholic.
Helped During a Rough Time
Central Catholic is a second home to me. You can say that the people here, the other kids and the teachers, are your family. You appreciate the family atmosphere especially when something happens to you or your family. At the beginning of my eighth grade year, my dad suffered from a huge migraine. He had to go to the hospital because the pain was so bad. He was immediately flown to Omaha where he was diagnosed with a ruptured blood vessel in his brain. Because we had our MAPS testing that day at school, my two sisters and I decided it would be best to try to go to school. But it was really hard until people at school heard about my dad and helped us out. Central Catholic people brought food every day, gave us gift cards to restaurants, and everything else we needed until my dad was out of the hospital and feeling good again. I know it was God who protected us and helped us through those great people. That is why Central Catholic will always be like a family to me.
School Makes You Stronger
I never wanted to go to school at all until I went to Grand Island Central Catholic. I always felt certain that when I started middle school, no one would like me. I didn’t expect to have any friends, but Central Catholic is like a big family. Everyone knows you, and you know them. It was hard sometimes to go to school when I was younger because I was from India. I felt so much different from other kids. Not a lot of people know about that, but I felt lost and insecure, and I thought I would never have friends who cared about me or wanted me around. But everything happens for a reason. That’s what I learned when I came to GICC in sixth grade. God is always there for you. I am not a Catholic, but I’ve learned so much to help me move forward with my life. Coming to Grand Island Central Catholic taught me to use my past to make myself stronger today. I am so happy for my good friends and for all that I have learned at this great school.
Likes the Small Classes
My favorite thing about Grand Island Central Catholic is the small classes. You really get close to people here, even though you might not have the same classes together. Everyone seems to know who everybody else is, and school is like a home away from home. It’s cool how you get so close to the teachers and your new friends. The teachers are so awesome! They care about you and make you feel better if you’re having a bad test day. A teacher I had last year always knew when something was wrong and would take the time to ask me about it after class. My faith has grown bigger here at GICC. We pray for everyone every day, and we have a prayer board to write down things we need to pray about. Whenever bad things happen, coming to school isn’t scary at all because you know everyone will be very supportive and loving. My grandma died a few weeks ago, and lots of people supported me. I’m really thankful I have such a great school to be part of.
Circle - Easy to Make Friends
I remember my first day of orientation at Central Catholic. There wasn’t a single classmate from my elementary school going to GICC, and I was afraid I wouldn’t have a single friend. But that first day, a nice teacher asked me, “Are you Abidan Yax’s sister?” He had nice things to say about my brother. By the end of the day, I met Ciara Hernandez and some other really nice girls, and it was really nice to meet so many nice girls. Even though I’m not Catholic, I have learned a lot about my own faith. This school just feels right in every way. I am excited to be here.
I Can Talk about God
Have you ever had to move and change schools? I started going to Central Catholic when I was a sixth grader, and it was the best decision I ever made. I wasn’t excited to leave all my friends in elementary school. But the first day at GICC, I knew it would be a fun place to go to school. It means a lot that when I go to school I can talk about God. I have learned a lot about God at Central Catholic, and I know that he will always love me. This school has helped me to care for and support others, and it makes me realize I may have a calling to be in the priesthood.
Faith, a Big Part of Central Catholic
During my mom’s cancer journey, she talked to us about how important faith, family, and friends were during her recovery. It’s these three things that make Grand Island Central Catholic such a great place to go to school. Faith is a belief and trust in God who helps us through all our lives. I have faith in all my teachers that they will give me a great education. I have learned about my faith in God, and how it will lead me down the right path.
In our GICC community, we care about each other, and faith is a big part of that. Not only do I have a family at home who cares about me, but I have a family at Central Catholic. It is a family of teachers and students who help me succeed academically. I have a family of coaches who help me to excel in athletics. Friends are not only fun to be around, but they push me to do my best. Since Central Catholic is a smaller school, I see it as a positive that I know every person in the school building. It is a great experience to be able to attend school with middle school and high school kids and to feel a part of a community in the hallways, in the cafeteria, and at every school event. GICC has been a real blessing to me, and the faith, family, and friends I have acquired there will help me all my life.
The best part about the education at Grand Island Central Catholic is that morality and spirituality are taught not only in religion class, but in math class, on the playing field, and on the stage.
The best part about the education our kids receive at Grand Island Central Catholic is they are taught more than academics. Our school teaches the whole child: mind, body, and spirit.
Hank and Kathy McFarland
The Big Crusader program can help a lot. They [senior students] show you around the school and introduce you to other seniors. They are really fun, and they can take you out during Channel One to talk or sit with you at lunch. There are tons of activities you could do with them. The 4-day summer camp helped because you got to see who your classmates are, tour the school, meet the teachers, get your locker, and do fun activities. If you have been worried about lockers or teachers, you can get comfortable at the school in the camp.
We have four children, three of which are going to Central Catholic. With one in high school and two in middle school, our experiences so far have been outstanding. The small class sizes make it easy for children to make friends, get involved in sports and extracurricular activities, as well as excel in academics.
As parents we have many opportunities to volunteer. This has given us the chance to make new friends and interact with other parents, becoming somewhat of a community. Volunteering also helps us to teach our children how much it can impact the lives of other people.
We chose Grand Island Central Catholic because we wanted a place where our children could grow in faith and be certain that they would graduate with the tools that they require to succeed in life.
Pete and Carina Perales
John and I are so grateful to have lifelong friendships with the students we’ve taught. The kids that we took care of all those years ago now take care of us! We rely on them and love them, and we are so proud of all of them.
John and Cathy Howard
Teachers are very supportive and are easily available, especially when I want to clarify anything in biology or geometry class. I simply go early and talk to the teachers, which can be difficult in public schools. Since class sizes are smaller, teachers know most of the children personally, and they really know how to help each child.
We felt that the class size at Central was ideal for Chase to get the necessary help he needs to be successful in the classroom.
Leonard and Kayla Wenzi
Teaching here at GICC, I get to see first-hand the positive interaction between administrators, faculty and staff, students, and their peers. Being one of the smaller schools in Grand Island allows students to easily fit in and become part of the Crusader family.
Watching and helping student athletes strive to meet their potential, not only as a team but also as an athlete and as a young adult is extremely rewarding. To be honest, watching the students I have had the opportunity to coach mature and grow into outstanding young men and women is probably what I enjoy about coaching the most.
Grand Island Central Catholic has been very special to my family. My children all graduated from GICC and were well prepared for college. I was the parent that was involved "behind the scenes," and now I am blessed to teach here. The smaller classes enable me to really get to know each one of my students and provide a Christian atmosphere where they feel safe and can learn to the best of their potential. There's no better feeling than when you walk down the halls in the morning and can greet each student by their name and hear their reply, "Good morning, Mrs. Hanssen!"
Central Catholic means being able to walk down the hallway and match every face with a name and have the confidence to say “hi” because you know they will say “hi” back.
The caring faculty and small class sizes at GICC provide an atmosphere that encourages all students to succeed academically.
Dr. Doug and Tena Herbek