Alumni parent, Marita Tulisiak worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those less fortunate. She dedicated her energy and efforts to making a better community a reality for many of those in need. Tulisiak volunteered at Malachi House with her therapy dog, Maisie, was the former Director of Birth Care for Medina County, and co-founder “mother” of 100+ Women Who Care Medina, whose mission is to bring 100+ women together to contribute $100 four times a year to local charities in Medina.
Sadly, Marita passed away in December 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. In honor of Marita and to carry on her energy, love and enthusiasm for life and for carrying for those in need, her husband, Terry and children, Kelly (Stepnowsky) ’98, Kate (Randquist) ’01 and Kyle ’04 have started a service learning program through Campus Ministry at Walsh Jesuit.
Service is a vital part of Walsh Jesuit, with all of our students serving others through various campus ministry programs each year. The service learning program will begin in the 2016-17 school year, starting first with a few classes. This program will base a student’s service experience in a classroom setting – enabling students to learn about social justice issues in academic courses, apply their knowledge to real-life situations through community service and then engage in reflective exercises, discussion and projects to process the experience. Non-profits will be chosen to provide meaningful learning experiences and positive mentorship experiences for our students. While this program is a new initiative at Walsh Jesuit High School, the concept has a great track record. Service learning programs have existed in the university setting for years and had extremely positive results—both for the students’ experiences of service and justice as well as an increased aptitude for the material studied in the class.
“Walsh Jesuit not only gave a great education to our children, but taught them life lessons bigger than the classroom,” said Tulisiak. “Walsh taught them about working with people, taught them the importance of service, and the importance of giving back.”
“Through the generous commitment from the Tulisiak family, and the inspiring life of Marita, service learning at Walsh Jesuit High School hopes to grow beyond something that students must do to complete a requirement,” said Tim Dunn, Campus Ministry Director. “This opportunity will allow us to be more concerned with how we are educating the hearts of our students—inviting them to truly care for other people and utilize their gifts and talents to help create a better world,” said Dunn. If you would like to learn more about the Service Learning Program or would like to contribute to the Fund for Service Learning in Memory of Marita Tulisiak, please contact Bonnie Wojno at 330.929.4205 ext. 166.