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Monsignor Scanlan High School Graduate Omar Garcia pictured at Commencement with his Be A Student's Friend sponsor John S. Van Rens.
Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Omar Garcia

The Church of Saint Helena played host to Monsignor Scanlan High School's June 12th Commencement, a celebration shared by family, friends, teachers and several sponsors of Be A Student's Friend. Mr. John A. Van Rens and his sponsored student Omar Garcia were together for the occasion.

The son of Mexican residents of the U.S. who arrived in 1984, Omar and his family lived on a boat on City Island in the Bronx until Omar was 12 while his father worked at a boatyard. Once his parents had saved enough money from both of their jobs, they moved with Omar and his sister into a house.

Omar progressed through Monsignor Scanlan's Satellite, Regents, and Honors programs. He is also known for his generosity of spirit, having completed 300 hours of community service during high school as active participant in the school's "Midnight Run" program that provides clothes, food and other basics to the homeless in New York City. While working towards Eagle Scout, Omar became interested in first aid and learned a little about himself and all of us: "In order to change a community, a person has to change themselves."

Omar will attend the College of New Rochelle and plans to pursue its nursing program through which he believes he can make the most positive difference. Omar is grateful to Mr. Van Rens and the way his sponsorship affected him. "Be A Student's Friend gave me the motivation to do better in school and in life and to realize people are there to help no matter how big or small."


FRIENDS Gala Welcomes Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

Project YESS Reaches 10th Anniversary

A Letter from the Executive Director

ICSF School on Center Stage: Saint Joseph School on Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx

An Everlasting Gift - Be A Student's Friend Sponsor Thomas Meloro

Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Ladylaura Bueno

ICSF Junior Committee Spring Fundraiser - a Huge Success!

Be A Student's Friend Featured 2009 High School Graduate: Omar Garcia

Happenings at Our Schools

Be A Student's Friend Class of 2009: Listing of Graduates and Destinations

20th Annual Lawyers' Luncheon
Starlight Roof at the
Waldorf Astoria
Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

33rd Annual Award Dinner
Mandarin Oriental
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009