|1/19/2012 2:48:00 PM|
Three generations of Catholic school commitment
Christ the King School photo
A Christ the King clan of generations: Kevin Whitson, Paul Feltz, Cassie Whitson, Scott Whitson, Judy Whitson and Jim Feltz.
MILWAUKIE — Paul and Helen Feltz knew their three boys and one daughter were going to Christ the King School here the moment they transferred back to Portland. Fast forward almost 50 years, and they will be attending their last grandson’s graduation this year.
Kevin Whitson, an eighth grader, will be the last of the Feltz-Whitson clan to graduate. Judy Whitson, his mother and herself a 1977 graduate of Christ the King, says it was a “no brainer” when deciding where her three children would attend school.
“It’s like coming home” she says.
The same values, tradition and academic excellence have never changed, says Paul Feltz, her father. “Even though the staff is different and tuition isn’t $100 a year anymore, there’s still that sense of community," says Feltz, who founded the endowment fund 25 years ago. The tuition aid fund began with a $5,000 donation and has grown to more than $700,000.
Kevin is following in his parents' footsteps as well as his grandparents. He works side by side on Saturdays at St. Vincent de Paul with his grandfather.
“I feel proud to be part of a longstanding tradition," Kevin says. "I continually learn more about becoming a good citizen."
Even though the youngest has graduated, the eldest Feltz says he'll never stop being involved.
"I’ll always be supportive of the school," he says. "You don’t have a vibrant parish without having the school. We need to leave our imprint.”