FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 29, 2020
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy of Bellerose Supports Distance Learning through Collaborative Online Engagement
St. Gregory Invites Students and Special Guests to Experience Curriculum through Virtually-Led Tours
BELLEROSE, New York – As schools and instructors navigate the new challenges set forth by COVID-19 and social distancing guidelines, St. Gregory Catholic Academy of Bellerose took advantage of online environments to offer students the enrichment experience of a virtual tour of Jerusalem.
COVID-19 has necessitated quick thinking, resourcefulness, and adaptability on the parts of instructors, and in this period of uncertainty, St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy has implemented a new initiative to support students outside of the classroom while upholding the Diocese of Brooklyn’s Religion Curriculum, Standard Three: Promoting Understanding and Respect for Different Cultures and Religions.
Through the online class led by teachers Mrs. Sande and Mrs. Barberisi alongside Father Chris Heanue of Holy Child Jesus Parish in Richmond Hill as a “virtual tour guide,” St. Gregory’s seventh grade class learned about the holy significance of Jerusalem for all three monotheistic religions—Christianity, Judaism, and Islam—the history behind the city, and its religious and cultural significance today.
Father Heanue shared photos of his pilgrimage to the city with the online class, allowing for an engaging and personalized lesson that emphasized the power and effectiveness of multimedia elements in distance learning.
St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy of Bellerose is a Catholic Academy within the Diocese of Brooklyn, providing private faith-based education for children in Early Childhood (Nursery, Pre-K, Kindergarten) and first through eighth grade students.
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