Honoring 2018 Villa Marie Students
Thank you to everyone who supported Villa Marie in 2017. Your support helped Villa Marie get an important school back in operation after water damaged their classrooms.
In 2018, we are once again honoring Villa Marie for an equally important need. Funds raised will be going to upgrade the school security system to meet the recommendations by the sheriff’s department.
About Villa Marie Home and School For Exceptional Children
Live On Location Interviews on May 16th at Villa Marie
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Sr. Jeanette Rerucha - Principal
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Msgr. John Perkington Dir. and CAO
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Sr. Loretta Happy - Teacher
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Sheils Priess - Admin. Assistant
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Matt Jilek - Volunteer Basketball Coach
05-16-17 LIVE Villa Marie - Songs and Wrap up
About Villa Marie
Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children serves qualifying students who are in need of special educational services. Located between Lincoln and Waverly, Nebraska in the beautiful countryside it is a peaceful and inviting setting, providing a loving, homelike atmosphere for both day students and boarders.
Currently two North American Martyrs families have children who attend Villa Marie School. The school, which opened in 1964, serves 23 children ages 7 to 18. Thirteen of those students live at the school during the week. Many parishes have had at least one student attend Villa Marie since it’s inception making it a unique school all parishes can embrace and support.
Learn more at: http://www.villamarieschool.com/
On Villa Marie’s Wish List is to convert a storage area into an Art and Music room which will help all of their students. Art and Music are important to helping students with special needs express themselves in a fun activity.
In addition, Villa Marie experienced a recent set back when a water pipe burst flooding their classrooms. Learn more at http://journalstar.com/news/local/education/water-damage-prompts-catholic-school-for-special-needs-students-to/article_016cc469-a514-51b5-8f04-6a6893eaae4e.html
Villa Marie wins Special Olympics state in four overtimes
Recently Villa Marie achieved a new milestone in Special Olympics. You can learn the full story at: http://www.lincolndiocese.org/news/diocesan-news/8947-villa-marie-wins-special-olympics-state-in-four-overtimes
God’s Providence inspired Fr. James Dawson to establish Villa Marie Home and School for special needs children in 1964.
As the country moved from an orphanage system to foster care, Fr. Dawson approached Bishop Casey asking that the orphanage, which was being built on the Catholic Center grounds, become a home and school for special needs children. Fr. Tuchek, Catholic Social Service Director, happily relinquished the orphanage building. With Fr. Tuchek’s blessing in hand, Bishop Casey granted his approval to start the Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children.
With the upper level of the building already created into dorm rooms, dining area, kitchen, and chapel, things were at a stand-still as there were no funds to create classrooms in the lower level. In God’s Divine Providence Fr. Dawson had a visitor, his cousin, Winifred A. Dawson, who asked him where or to whom she could leave her inheritance. In the blink of an eye, Fr. Dawson informed her of the needs of Villa Marie. Two weeks later God called Winifred home to His kingdom and the dream to create classrooms became a reality. Villa Marie Home and School opened its doors on January 2, 1964.
From that time throughout the 53 years to the present a constant presence has been the service of the Marian Sisters. The Marian Sisters of the Diocese of Lincoln have staffed Villa Marie since the beginning serving as principals, teachers, housemothers, and paraprofessionals. In living out their charism,
“Doing God’s will joyfully in imitation of Mary and Saint Francis”, the Sisters provide quality instruction as well as 24 hour a day care to God’s most precious children.
- 5 K Race/ Walk – $10.00
- BBQ Meal – $10.00
- T-Shirt – $10.00
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