President's Press: Pumped Up for a New Year

Monday, January 10, 2022

New year…new opportunities! When New Year’s Day has rolled around in the past, have you ever vowed to get healthier? To exercise more? To be in better shape for the upcoming year? My bet is that most of us have. I don’t know about you, but it tends to be a busy schedule that leads me away from my best intentions to get fit, and honestly that is a huge part of the challenges for our students as well. Many of our students want to take our weight training class to allow them to complete their necessary athletic conditioning during the school day, thereby allowing them to get home at an earlier hour to work on academic assignments. And coaches want to get their teams in for conditioning as a whole group and not have to split them up into separate groups. Our current cramped facilities make that difficult, causing team workouts to take place early in the morning before school and late into the evening. This is part of the reason we are so excited about the upcoming additions to our campus promised by our Ring the Bells capital campaign that aim to reduce scheduling conflicts and get our student-athletes trained more efficiently. More spaces will open up around campus throughout the day (including having our health and wellness classes in the new field house), which will give all of our students more opportunities and more time to stay true to their goals.  

So am I going to be in the new weight room pumping iron? Well, probably not. Yet I’m ecstatic for our students. And there are plenty of other reasons to be excited about the entirety of our Ring the Bells project. If you want to learn more about it, I would love to see you at our next informational meeting on Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m. in the library. We will do everything we can to answer questions about the campaign and highlight all of the terrific changes headed our way. Come find out more about our library renovations, the updates to safety and security, and so many of the necessary improvements that are destined to make Pius an even more robust school than it already is.

Another great thing about a new year is celebrating these new opportunities and having some fun. If you have never attended a St. Pius gala, this is the year to do it! We will be celebrating our Under the Tuscan Sun Auction and Gala at The Factory Atlanta in Chamblee on Saturday, February 5. We might not be in the foothills of San Gimignano, but we sure can pretend for an evening that the warm Italian sun shines on St. Pius! You don’t want to miss the incredible auction items up for bids or spending time with your friends while making new ones, all while showing your support for St. Pius and our students. I’ll see you there…but NOT in the weight room! 


John Favier