Won't You Be Our Neighbor?
Jul 25, 2019
The trailer for the upcoming film "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" is getting a lot of buzz. The film is based on the true story of an unlikely friendship that grows between a jaded journalist and Fred Rogers, the beloved TV host Mr. Rogers. The trailer tugs on the heart strings and brings to mind cherished memories for those who grew up watching Mr. Rogers. It also brings to mind our own special neighborhood, Villa Madonna Academy.
Villa was founded on the Benedictine values of scholarship, service, stewardship, hospitality, and respect. Mr. Rogers shared these values. He was a pioneer using television as a tool for early childhood education. He helped children process issues such as divorce, war, and even the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy. Mr. Rogers used television to teach children about caring for others, taking responsibility, and showing respect to those who are different. Mr. Rogers wrote, “Listening is where love begins.” St. Benedict wrote, “Listen with the ear of your heart.” At Villa and in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood, education, empathy, and understanding all start with listening.
We are a Catholic, Benedictine community. Our students come from around the Tri-state and around the world. Our students come from various faith and ethnic backgrounds. All are welcome here. So, in the immortal words of Mr. Rogers, we ask, "Won't you be my neighbor?"
To learn more about Villa Madonna Academy, please contact Janet Baugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.