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Letter: St. William the Abbot School: A Family Affair

St. William the Abbot School in Seaford was established in 1954. When Hugh Diamond was elected to be president of the School Board this year, it was not his first time as president. He was voted commissioner general of the student council in 1980 when he was an 8th grader at St. William. His family has had 55 years’ worth of education from St. William and generation after generation walks the halls of the school.

When you ask Hugh why he chose to send his children to St. William he talks about how over the years the area around the school may have changed, but when you walk the halls of the school during the day it is as if you are pulled back in time.

A time when you walked into a school and all you heard were the teacher’s voices talking about history or algebra. The children knew the classroom was for education not socialization. Socialization was for the playground, during lunch, or at the pep rallies for the winning girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.

The walls of St. William are a security blanket for the children, a place that still allow for the innocence of childhood.

St. William puts the focus back on family as much as education. When your child attends St. William, you are part of the family. From the lunch moms, who come in every day to distribute the lunches, to the parents who help coach the basketball teams and cheerleading squad, the day to day running of St. William could not be a success without the assistance of the parents. The saying “it takes a village to raise a child” has no greater example then that of St. William School.

Currently, including the Diamond family, there are over 50 alumni families attending St. William. When it is time for a former graduate’s child to begin their education, St. William is the first choice.

The reason for this loving and nurturing environment, which has kept generations of families continuing the education tradition, is Mrs. Guardino, who has been principle of the school for 24 years. She runs this school with strong discipline and heart of gold that can be seen as she walks the halls of the school during the day, greeting each child by name. With her leadership and the support of her terrific teaching and administrative staff, the students of St. William leave with the confidence and the education to help make them a success.

Karen Gale
St. William the Abbot parent