“This also helps us show that our kids are in a school that looks like their community,” said Sullivan. “They’ll grow up in a classroom that looks like that community, and diversity is normal for them.”
One of the insights listeners have learned is that St. Benedict’s 600-plus enrollment of infants through eighth graders is growing. A new middle school is taking shape adjacent to the main campus on Cooper Lake Road where a new building is going up on 4.2 acres. The site will have rooms for STEM, art, music, drama and phys ed.
“That new property will be a great place where kids can do projects, and it allows the rest of school to spread out,” said Sullivan.
Katrina Garnes, the school’s marketing and communication director, said podcasting was the best way to get the word out.
“Right now, that’s the rising form of media,” she said. “We thought it was a good way to share our story and allow people to get to know this budding school. Our goal is to plant seeds of connectiveness.”
Garnes said the podcast has been well received through hundreds of downloads. The series continues with biweekly episodes that can be found on Spotify, Apple and through the school’s website.
“It’s connecting us to the community,” said Sullivan. “And community is our secret sauce.”
Information about St. Benedict’s is online at stbs.org.
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