Separate cultures by school

Years ago, Catholics living in Lewiston had their own parochial schools, including high school. In those days, students were taught by the nuns, who were bilingual. In the morning, all subjects were taught in English; in the afternoon, all other subjects were in French.
The students were able to learn both languages and keep their religious customs and practices, plus prepare for higher learning. They could observe their own religious holy days without interference.
Some communities of nuns had colleges that those students could attend for further education. Tuition was paid, even in grade school, as was rental of text books, so new ones could be bought as needed. School supplies, even workbooks, also had to be bought. There was no need for the the town’s taxes to be used to support the schools.
The parents’ hard-earned money helped build those schools, the churches, convents and rectories.
Others seeking similar privileges should consider doing the same.
Gabrielle de Moras, Lewiston


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