Our Opinion: Helias blends tradition, faith and future

Two recent initiatives involving Helias Catholic High School provide an opportunity to highlight the school’s continuing contribution to our community.

The Helias Foundation last week kicked off its 40th annual fund drive to help the secondary school, which opened its doors in 1956. The goal this year is $350,000.

“The relationship between the foundation and the school is symbiotic,” said Stephen Jones, president of the school. “Although we are two distinct entities, you cannot separate us because our goals are one and the same — to make Catholic secondary education available and affordable to all students, regardless of background, who desire it.”

Dana Freese, vice president of the foundation, added: “Helias provides an outstanding Catholic education based in faith, knowledge and service to others.”

Faith, knowledge and service also are represented on a new crest for the school, which was unveiled this week, along with a new logos.

The circular crest contains three images: a book to represent the Bible and academic achievement; a hand holding a heart to symbolize love and compassion; and a cross to signify Christ’s inspirational message.

The main logo, the “Shield of Faith,” has been redesigned to include a cross, and the Shield of Faith also is carried in the logo depicting a crusader on a white horse.

Although the images have been updated, they continue to reflect the mission of Helias Catholic High School and its contribution to students, parents and the community.

For students, Helias represents a school where young men and women can enjoy and attain both academic and athletic excellence.

For parents, the school provides a choice — a secondary school where faith, worship and religious teaching are an integral part of education.

And for the community, Helias enrollment eases the strain that otherwise might be felt by public schools and, as a consequence, taxpayers.

The tradition, faith and future of a Helias Catholic High School education is bright.

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