"My association with Holy Family began a long time ago but I remember it like it was yesterday. It was the first day of Kindergarten for our oldest son, Kevin, and as we waited at the curb for the bus to arrive (it never did!) a station wagon pulled up. The driver shouted out the window that she recognized his Holy Family uniform and would be happy to drive Kevin to school! (The bus didn’t pick up her Kindergarten son either!) Since she was a total stranger to me, I said thanks…but no thanks! I drove to school, dropped off my first-born, walked toward the exit, and promptly started to cry! Appearing out of nowhere, the station wagon mom approached me in the hall, assured me that Holy Family was a great school, and that Kevin would be fine. She then wrote down her name and phone number for me and told me to call anytime; she would be happy to help…and she did. This was my introduction to Holy Family 33 years ago.
Over the years, our two other kids, Katie and Kyle, also enrolled at Holy Family. They all participated in sports, Scouts, Odyssey of the Mind, Create a Country, band, school plays, Math Club, and many other activities. It turned into a family affair because my husband, Ken, and I also got incredibly involved. Ken was on the Technology Committee when the school first installed computers, served on the School Board as Treasurer for six years, and chaired the school expansion committee when the South Campus was constructed. I ran the Hot Lunch program, served on the School Board as Secretary, was Co-President of the PTG, and coordinated the installations of both the Monsignor Kuzava Garden and the Anne Whedon Garden at the North Campus.
The years were incredibly busy, but I would not change a thing! We met so many fantastic families at school. The greatest advice that I can give any Holy Family parent is to get involved. It is the best way to show your student how important school is. After all, you would not spend time there if it was an unimportant place. The friendships that you develop help in immeasurable ways: carpools, advice, homework clarification, and just being there for each other.
The years fly by so make the most of them! Our kids are all married and having children of their own. We have five beautiful grandchildren, from the age of four years to eight months, with another one expected in about a week!
The 2001-2002 school year was my first year as an employee and my last year as a parent at Holy Family. It was our first year as a two-campus school; Kyle was in the first graduating class from the South Campus. There have been many changes at Holy Family since I first became involved with the school 33 years ago. It has been an honor to work here and to be associated with so many great co-workers and families.
Our students and staff recite our school prayer each day. One line of the prayer is: “I will make a difference by using the gifts You have given me.” I would like to think that, in a small way, I have made a difference using the gifts that God has given me.
One thing I know for sure is that Holy Family parents are the best. I so appreciate their willingness to volunteer their time to make the school the best that it can be. I always say: “What would we do without our parents?” I am confident that there are parents at our school who are ready to help you – just like the station wagon mom helped me so long ago."
Many thanks, Mrs. Sucher for your 33-year dedication and involvement in Holy Family. You are a true blessing to our school!