“It’s a family, something that’s always been there and hopefully always will be.” That’s what St. John LaLande Catholic School means to Nicki (Mann) Hogan, Class of ’68. Nicki was in the ﬁrst class that completed all eight grades at St. John’s and now her grandson, Eli, is the third generation to attend our school.
While raising her own three children, John, Sarah, and Emily, Nicki began caring for children in her home as well. Then Principal Mr. Eskew would refer families to Nicki, especially for before and after school care. Today, Nicki ﬁlls her time watching her grandchildren.
Thinking back on her years at St. John’s, Nicki remembers the closeness of the community even then, “Everybody knew each other; we were close to all the students.” And how has St. John’s changed? “The biggest change has been the growth. Thankfully, the school has grown.”
We’d like to hear your alumni story, too! Send an email to Amy Davis at SJLDevelopment@yahoo.com and let us know what’s been going on in your life after your years at St. John’s.