I think most people who live in Minneota would agree that we have a great place to live and raise a family.

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St. Edward School big part of the community

Dear Editor;

I think most people who live in Minneota would agree that we have a great place to live and raise a family.

In recent years especially, the community has been rallying together to make sure it stays that way.

I would say Minneota has more to offer than many towns of comparable size and location.

I’d like to highlight one aspect of our town that might be overlooked by some, and that is St. Edward’s school.

In mentioning St. Edward’s, I am in no way trying to compare or compete with the public school.

On the contrary, I think we are extremely fortunate to have a faith-based AND a public education option in Minneota, both of which offer great learning environments for our children.

Not only that, but the two schools collaborate with one another in extracurriculars and elective classes.

While some places offer only the choice between a very expensive private education and a low-quality or unsafe public education, we’ve got the opposite: affordable private and good quality public options.

I would argue that having a Catholic school benefits not only those who attend it, but the community as a whole.

For one, it provides much needed jobs right here in town. It also helps out taxpayers; Catholic schools save US taxpayers billions of dollars in education costs every year.

Lastly, it has the potential to attract people to our community. When we decided to move to the area from the cities 10 years ago, we were looking at homes in Cottonwood, Ghent and Minneota.

The fact that Minneota had a faith-based education available was a major factor in our decision to live here.

As most know, class sizes at St. Ed’s are smaller than they have been in the past.

As a result, there is a greater need for outside support in order to keep the school affordable for everyone.

In February, we have a Flurry of Fun (which really is fun!) dinner and auction that is open to anyone.

In addition, the school currently has a fundraiser in which people can sponsor the school for a day.

Donation amounts range from $1 on Jan. 1 to $365 on Dec. 31. Donors have the option to choose a date in honor of a loved one, and in exchange the St. Ed’s community will pray for your special intention on that day.

More information is available from the church or school.

Whether you are a St. Ed’s alum or not, whether you are Catholic or not, I would like to invite anyone who reads this to consider sponsoring our beloved school for one day next year.

Teresa Myhre

Minneota

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