Providence St. Mel has a track record that speaks for itself. For the last thirty four-years 100% of all Providence St. Mel graduating seniors have been accepted into four year universities. It takes extreme planning and coordination to gather such a bunch of alumni for fun.
On Saturday July 14, 2012 Providence St. Mel Alumni Association hosted the First Annual Providence St. Mel All Classic Picnic.
Hundreds of current and past faculty members, students, friends and family attended the event that was held in the brand new south parking lot of Providence St. Mel School. The alumni committee worked tirelessly to make sure the event was a success. The afternoon was filled with the sounds of “DJ Corey” who also happens to be the President of the Alumni committee.
The purpose of the picnic was to connect the many generations of Providence St. Mel Alumni and to come together and be thankful. The attendance was amazing and the event spilled out into Garfield Park.
Providence St. Mel has been a glowing beacon of light and has such a rich and important history in Chicago. When the Archdiocese of Chicago closed the last Catholic high school on the West Side in 1978, the principal, parents and students of Providence St. Mel let it be known they didn’t agree with the move. Principal Paul J. Adams III embarked on a fight that would cement his place in history as one of America’s modern-day freedom fighters. With support from the community and from across the nation, Adams incorporated the school as a private, independent institution. The school continues as a vibrant presence on Central Park Avenue on the west side of Chicago. In 1980’s, a Middle School was created, and in fall 1987 Fifth and Sixth grades were added; in 1993 the lower grades were expanded to include First grade.Pre k and Kindergarten classes started in 2000.
Providence St. Mel teachers are committed to providing a stimulating and supportive learning environment and apply a proven instructional model in their classrooms. Their hard work has neither gone unnoticed nor without success. Each graduation year, millions of dollars are awarded to Providence St. Mel Graduates to assist them with tuition and other expenses associated with college.
Ms. Jeanette DiBella Principal stated “Our Collective dream is that our students’ lives promise to be productive, successful, and that they will be able to meet and overcome the challenges that come into everyday life.
When asked what his number one mission is in 2012 Mr. Adams replied “to save our children”, and if history is any indication Mr. Paul John Adams III is certainly the man for the job!