Our Lady of Fatima rallies to support teacher

Our Lady of Fatima School students, parents and faculty joined forces Dec. 11, to show moral support for math specialist, eighth grade homeroom teacher and Wilton resident Geri Galasso, who has been undergoing weekly chemotherapy as she battles breast cancer.

The children surprised Galasso with a “pink day pep rally,” featuring students in special T-shirts and a banner reading “Team OLF + Mrs. G.”

The show of support expanded beyond current students, with parents, friends and alumni sending in photos dressed in pink or breast cancer T-shirts to show their support as well.

At Wilton High School, 19 Our Lady of Fatima alumni — along with student-teacher and Galasso’s daughter, Samantha — also wore pink shirts to show their support that day.

Our Lady of Fatima Principal Stanley Steele said Galasso has “an amazing spirit,” a “fantastic example to the children” and “a true heroine.”

“She is fighting this deadly disease, teaching full-time and continuing to provide after-school support as needed,” said Steele.

“Her dedication to Fatima for over a decade has provided students with excellence in academics, and the rare gifts of genuine kindness and caring.”

Steele said the students have been “the beneficiary of something very special” and it is “fitting that the community and alumni have banned together in this show of moral support and genuine appreciation.”

“Mrs. Galasso and the entire Fatima faculty are what make this school an exceptional educational environment and a nurturing community.”