Community Partnership Brings Cristo Rey Work Study Students to Prince of Peace School

By Meredith Hunt

Last school year, Prince of Peace School welcomed four Cristo Rey Corporate Work Study students. Today, we’re proud to welcome four more students to Prince of Peace School as part of the program. Through this program, hundreds of students are paired with Milwaukee area companies, enabling students to develop marketable skills and acquire valuable job experiences.

Eva Mairani Alonzo, a Cristo Rey student, worked at Prince of Peace five days a month for the 2017-18 school year. Eva was a sophomore at the time and is set to graduate Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in 2020. In her role at Prince of Peace, Eva assisted and engaged with a variety of grade levels, helping students with their various activities, helping teachers with projects, providing support to office staff and monitoring kids during recess, lunch and after school.

Participating in this work study program empowered Eva to immerse herself in an environment that encouraged her to push her boundaries. Her position at Prince of Peace allowed her to converse with an array of different people, leaving her confident in her newly-found communication skills.  Eva said, “I used to be very shy and now I can talk to anybody.”  Eva also felt an instant connection to the K4 class, attributing this bond to her admiration for her four younger siblings. Through this work study, Eva created positive relationships, experienced hands-on professional work, advanced her communication skills and gained self-confidence.

Her days at Prince of Peace gave her a greater appreciation for teachers and has piqued her interest in a possible career as an elementary school teacher.  Eva truly enjoyed the meaningful interactions that she experienced each day at Prince of Peace and said she will “miss everybody and everything.”  We are proud to welcome Eva back this year to Prince of peace for the 2018-19 school year.  Welcome back, Eva!