Ocean Tides is a Lasallian school and residential program that is committed to providing a challenging, safe and healthy learning environment designed to meet the social, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual needs of each individual.
Triple Celebration marks start of Summer for Ocean Tides School.
On Saturday of Memorial Day week end as the larger Narragansett community celebrated the unofficial start of the summer season Ocean Tides began the celebration of their 40th anniversary year and inducted two administrators a combined 61 years of service to young men in the Ocean Tides Hall of Fame as a special way to celebrate their retirement.
Special members of the Narragansett Community, the Ocean Tides School family, government officials, family court judges and the Provincial Leader of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (De La Salle Christian Brothers) gathered at the Dunes Club for this special celebration.
Brother Brendan Gerrity, FSC became the President of Ocean Tides in 1985. Over the past 30 years he has guided thousands of young men from standing in front of a family court judges as a very low point in their young lives to brighter futures in our community. During his tenure as Principal and President he has seen the great impact of the Ocean Tides program in helping boys to change lives and grow into successful men.
Brother Denis Malloy, Provincial Visitor of the Brothers of the Christian Schools District of Eastern North America, in his remarks on Brother Brendan’s remarkable tenure at Ocean Tides, remarked that, “Your colleagues are proud to work for you and know you as a “Fierce Champion and Advocate for Ocean Tides”. Over and again, Brendan, you are seen as caring deeply about the young people of Ocean Tides, knowing each of these young people by name, and having a bond with them and with their families. Perhaps most importantly you are seen as someone who is most attentive to those kids who are having the hardest time and perhaps most challenged to do well. Brendan you have touched the hearts and minds of countless students, faculty, and staff in these 33 years. Thank you for living your life as a Brother of the Christian Schools so generously for all of us, but especially for the young men entrusted to your care at Ocean Tides.
Thank you Brendan, for creating a place of sanctuary for them; thank you for building with your co-workers an educational and life-giving community for these young men.”
The Ocean Tides 40th Anniversary year will include special celebrations including: an Alumni Cook Out in August and the October Reception. Special among the events will be the publication and book signing of Turning the Tide of Male Juvenile Delinquency: The Ocean Tides Approach by Co-Authors Larry Grebstein and Judy Van Wyk, a study of the impact of the Ocean Tides program on all the young men who were part of the residential program and school from 1975 to 2006.
Ocean Tides is a residential treatment center and day school for young men that are committed to providing a challenging, safe and healthy learning environment designed to meet the social, emotional, behavioral, and intellectual needs of each individual. Opened in 1975, Ocean Tides School has had over 2,000 adjudicated young men complete the program. The School boasts a very high 75% success rate where the boys do not get in trouble again. The school just received a renewal by the New England Association of Schools of another 10-year accreditation.
Dan Barry, the evenings emcee and School Director of Development, said “Success doesn’t just happen. The strong positive influence of the De La Salle Christian Brothers who work at Ocean Tides and live at the Christian Brothers Center along with a caring, smart, talented and dedicated team of faculty and staff makes the difference. The daily interaction of faculty, staff and Brothers to help teach, guide, mentor and provide a caring atmosphere that is making a difference and improving the lives of our young men every day.”
Br. Brendan became OTS President in 1985 and Ms. Jane Genereux has been the OTS Principal since 1993 and according to Incoming OTS President, Br. Jim Martino, FSC, “during their time at the Ocean Tides School, Br. Brendan and Jane put special effort into making sure each young man was creating a future for himself. They worked to make sure students left with not only an academic knowledge, but vocational and technical skills for job success, and the ability to support themselves and their loved ones. All proceeds and donations from the evening will be given to a new Br. B. and Jane G. Vocational Educational Fund which honors their contributions in this area and will help to ensure it continues at the Ocean Tides Narragansett and Providence campuses for all our present and future students.”
To make a donation to the Br. B. and Jane G. Vocational Educational Fund, please send a check to Ocean Tides Br. G and Jane Fund, 635 Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI 02882 or call Dan Barry at 401-789-1016.CONTACT:
Dan Barry, Director of Development
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