Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School creates social solidarity while practicing physical distancing

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Middle school science teacher Patty Borell of Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School shows support to students during a car parade for students to come to campus and wave to their teachers from a safe distance Wednesday, April 22. Valley News/St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School photo

TEMECULA – With the transition to distance learning as a result of the coronavirus, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School, in Temecula continued fostering a community environment. The school hosted a car parade for students to come to campus and wave to their teachers from a safe distance Wednesday, April 22.

Kaitlyn Wichterman, a high school sophomore at Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School, said, “I’m happy we have the opportunity to continue our education at Saint Jeanne’s via distance learning since the closure of schools in the area, but I am so grateful to be part of a school that cares so much about students. It was so fun to see our teachers again, even though we had to keep our distance.”

Students and parents drove their cars around the Temecula school, waving to their teachers from their vehicles.

From left, Sister Rosario and Sister Zena hand out disinfecting wipes to students and parents as they drive through the Saint JeanneDe Lestonnac campus for a car parade where students and teachers connected from a safe distance. Valley News/St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School photo

“It was so great to see my teachers again. I get to see them every day using our distance learning technology, but I was so happy to see them in person,” a Saint Jeanne’s eighth grader said.

The students and their parents remained inside their cars while teachers remained inside or beside their vehicles. Teachers wore masks as a precaution, and a safe distance was adhered to while students and teachers greeted each other.

“Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School has always been known for our innovative and community-driven learning environments. From our quick action with distance learning protocols to events like the car parade, we are so happy that our school community is very receptive and open,” elementary school principal Kristen Mora said.

Students and parents greet their teachers from their cars, during a car parade for students to come to campus and wave to their teachers from a safe distance. Valley News/St. Jeanne de Lestonnac School photo

To see the official Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School car parade video, visit www.sjdlsstudentlife.com/videos. For more information about the preschool through high school, visit www.sjdls.com.

Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School has educated in the Temecula Valley for 27 years. Their parent organization, The Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady, has educated in Southern for more than 90 years. With 86 schools worldwide, The Order of the Company of Mary Our Lady teaches “in life and for life.”

Submitted by Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac Catholic School.