Bishop Frank J. Dewane, center, is seen with St. Andrew Principal David Nelson, left, Bishop Verot Catholic High School Acting Principal Suzie O’Grady, St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Principal John Gulley, retired St. Andrew Principal Judi Hughes, and St. Andrew Parish Administrator Father Eduardo Coll. (BOB REDDY | FC)

Gala celebrates 30 years of excellence

cape coral  |  During this 30th anniversary of the founding of St. Andrew Catholic School in Cape Coral there has been an ongoing effort to celebrate the achievements of the school and its students.

Part of that celebration was the Nov. 23, “Enchanted Sea – Second Annual Saints and Sinners Gala” at the Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village that brought together parents, faculty, staff and supporters of the school for an evening of fun and relaxation. 

Principal David Nelson welcomed everyone and spoke about how St. Andrew Catholic School is more than just providing a quality education for its more than 325 students with a strong STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) component. 

“St. Andrew’s is about its Catholic Identity. It is part of everything we do, and it is why we are here,” Nelson said. “We also do great in technology, with iPads in all classes sixth grade and older, and we are one of only nine STREAM-certified Catholic Schools in Florida. We have so much to be thankful for and so much to celebrate.”

Bishop Frank J. Dewane, who offered the blessing before the meal, congratulated the school for its continued growth and success. The Bishop also thanked the parents for choosing to send their children to St. Andrew Catholic School. “You are entrusting your children to us and we take this responsibility very seriously. I hear of the many good things happening here and you should all be proud of St. Andrew Catholic School. I know I am proud of you. Congratulations.”

The event was supported by priests from several local parishes as well as the principals from Bishop Verot Catholic High School and St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, both in Fort Myers. It had an underwater motif decoration, complete with an ice sculpture, balloons that looked like coral and much more. In addition to an elegant meal, there was a live band, as well as silent and live auctions, along with casino games. 

St. Andrew Catholic School was founded in 1989 and was led by women religious of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary for about half of its history. The school mission statement reads: “We, the community of St. Andrew Catholic School, are called by God as a family, dedicated to building faith, hearts and minds, through Catholic traditions, academic excellence and respect for God’s earth and its cultures.”

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