West Catholic to welcome Ukrainian students

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Later this month, about 500 students will be heading to West Catholic High School for the first day of school. Most are domestic students, coming from across West Michigan; however, a number of international students will also be traveling to the school’s campus from all parts of the globe, including four students from Ukraine.

When war broke out in Ukraine, West Catholic President/CEO Cynthia Kneibel immediately began looking for ways to help. After seeing a number of schools destroyed by missiles, she was inspired to reach out to her contacts to see if they knew of any families who were interested in sending their students to the United States to continue their education.

“So many parents were making the heartbreaking decision to send their children to other countries to ensure their safety,” Kneibel said. “We wanted to provide families peace of mind, knowing their student had a safe place to learn away from the war.”

School administrators are currently working to finalize the details of their attendance. In addition to obtaining visas, verifying travel arrangements and filling out the appropriate paperwork, West Catholic is hoping to find long-term host families and raise money to help cover student expenses.

Those interested in learning more about serving as a host family or making a contribution to support West Catholic’s efforts can reach out to the school at (616) 233-5900 or communications@grwestcatholic.org.