Service to others is an important lesson in Mrs. Ragan's classroom. Here students have been working hard to raise money for the American REd Cross Disaster Relief Fund. This week, they presented a check $200. Students and teachers were excited as we waited to surprise Kathy Ragan in the St. Agnes School lunch room. She was hesitant to walk through the door. Ragan is a modest woman who would never brag about her own importance. Her older sister Diane, who was also a teacher, sees how much she invests in her school.
"I think she loves to see how the kids connect things and makes them think; to see them work that out. It's very joyful for her, I know that," she said.
Kathy has been part of the St. Agnes family for years. Her two children attended there. She cares deeply about the school and finds a gift in every child.
"I don't [just] like it. I love it. It's just like home," Kathy said.
"Her heart is as large as her person. She's a very giving individual, very sensitive person, very compassionate," principal Dr. Gerald Benjamin said.
"I like to teach religion and I like the religious aspect of teaching here so we can pray every day and have God in our lives," Kathy said. "Again it comes from love. Loving what I do and loving the children and the people I work with."
Below is the letter Diane sent to us nominating Kathy for a Golden Apple Award: