With the celebrate Catholic Schools Week each year, Holy Angels pauses to recognize past students with the National Catholic Educational Association’s Distinguished Graduate Award. The school’s mission statement begins with the words: “We belong to a Catholic community which gathers together to proclaim the gospel, serve others and praise God”. This year’s distinguished graduate has taken the call to “serve others” to heart and has provided a shining example of what service entails.
This year’s recipient is Pamela M. Felix Bollen, a member of the Graduating Class of 1978.
Pam has been active in parish life in a variety of capacities. In the 1970s and early 80s, she worked with her parents and other family members in areas such as the Archbishop’s Fund Appeal (now the Catholic Stewardship Appeal) and Holy Angels parish festival (now the Festival of Angels). Most recently she has stepped forward to coordinate the Holy Angels Gift Shop.
In the late 80s and early 90s, she was active in the West Bend Junior Women’s club and the St. Joseph Hospital Auxiliary where she coordinated a baby car seat program.
At Holy Angels School, this year’s recipient has been a Room Parent for most of the 28 years that she had children attending our school. She has been active as a playground volunteer, health room caregiver, and hot lunch volunteer. She has also been found giving time to the Gifts from the Heart Raffle, Meals on Wheels, Magazine Sale, SCRIP, Annual Fund Drive and Alumni Coordination. Although her children have now all graduated, she continues to serve our school as the chair of the Development Committee and as the go-to-person for almost any copying needs that teachers send her way!
In receiving the award, Pam made it clear (in her words) that: “Being of service to others is a privilege. My Catholic education has taught me love of God and neighbor, respect for others and self.”