Ss. James and John students enjoy Women’s Education Alliance tea party


Joan DeSantis (left) shares a light moment with Ss. James and John fifth grader, Mikaylin Alston. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

Becoming a future filmmaker, teacher and crime scene investigator were just a few of the dreams shared by fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Ss. James and John Catholic School in Baltimore during a morning tea hosted by the Women’s Education Alliance on the campus of Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore May 3.

Students wore colorful dresses, white gloves, and had their hair done for the special occasion. It was an opportunity for the students to interact with positive women from around the area, according to organizers.

LaUanah King-Cassell, principal of Ss. James and John Catholic School, chats with students during the May 3 tea party. (Kevin J. Parks/CR Staff)

“It means the world to them,” said LaUanah King-Cassell, principal of Ss. James and John Catholic School. “Just being on a college campus – if they can touch it, if they can see it, if they can feel it, they can become it.”

Women’s Education Alliance member Lynda Riley said the gathering is “a very special time for them,” calling Ss. James and John School “a beacon of hope.”




Kevin J. Parks

Kevin J. Parks joined the Catholic Review in 2016 as its visual journalist following a lengthy career at Mercy Medical Center, where he shot photography and video for internal communications, marketing and media relations for local and national media.

Kevin has been honored by the Maryland Delaware D.C. (MDDC) Press Association, The Catholic Press Association and the Associated Church Press for his work. One of his career highlights is documenting a medical mission in Peru, which received two national awards.

A Baltimore native, Kevin is graduate of Archbishop Curley High School and the University of Baltimore. He is a parishioner of St. Francis de Sales, Abingdon.