Sisters of Notre Dame National Education Partnership Advent & Christmas Service Projects across the United States 2011
In January, 2012, schools in the SND National Education Partnership were asked to submit information about Service Projects carried out in their schools during the 2011 Advent Season. Out of the 55 schools in the Partnership, the 23 who returned information are easily representative of all. A summary of the wonderful generosity of these school communities can be seen in the following slides. Some schools were recipients of gifts from other schools in the Partnership and yet they, too, gave to others in need. Several of the schools have been connected to the same places for several years.
When they join the Partnership, the schools are assured that a benefit of membership is that there are Sisters of Notre Dame praying for them all across the world. As we view these slides, let our prayer be one of thanksgiving to our good God for the students, their families and their teachers as they continue to “be a transforming presence in our globalized world today”. Schools are listing in alphabetical order.
Cardinal Gibbons High School Raleigh, North Carolina $23,548 in toys & clothing collected for Diocese of Raleigh Hispanic Family Center and the Jordan Center in a drive sponsored by Nat’l Honor Society. Each period 1 class was asked to raise $200 for a child in one of the Centers. Their adopted child received winter clothes, socks & shoes, coat, an educational toy and other 4 other toys. Also, another $10,000 was raised by a Box-a-thon. 28 students spent the night in large cardboard boxes on campus to understand the plight of the homeless.
Cardinal Mooney High School Sarasota, Florida Students donated over 900 new toys to Andrew’s Toy Box, an organization helping children in hospitals with life-threatening or chronic diseases. Students collected items for Bethesda House of Sarasota which assists families affected by HIV. 190 Care Packages included hygiene products, bedding, batteries, school & coloring supplies.
Double Arc Toledo, Ohio Staff and friends collected food, gift cards and clothing for a client’s family.
La Reina High School Thousand Oaks, California 25 families (111 people) from the Los Angeles area were assisted by the students, faculty, staff through the Adopt-A-Family program coordinated by the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. 20 La Reina students and their parents went to the Cathedral for a 6:30 am prayer service, then delivery of the gifts to the families.
Lial Catholic School Whitehouse, Ohio Operation Christmas Child Each child filled a shoe box with gifts for a child in a developing nation. Lial has been doing this project for 10 years. Students have tracked their box to see where it ends up. Babysitting Service Middle school students did this to raise money for charities they will determine. Faculty Faculty gave up their Christmas exchange and donated the money for gift cards for food and clothing for one of the families in need.
Metro Catholic School Cleveland, Ohio Students became more aware of the abundance of water they have and learned how to conserve it through announcements and daily prayers. $245 was collected to send to Uganda to assist with clean water projects there.
Notre Dame Academy Park Hills, Kentucky 4-5 barrels of coats, hats gloves collected for St. Vincent de Paul 300 used toys collected for the Brighton Center 500 used books collected for ND Urban Ed Center 800 lbs. of hygiene & cleaning supplies and 1100 lbs. of canned foods were given to Be Concerned 300 new toys for 2 city elementary schools in Covington.
Notre Dame Academy Elementary School Los Angeles, California 2 nd & 7 th graders made ornaments to give to children in a hospital & to a nursing home Also, money was collected for those on skid row in honor of deceased Father Chase who was called “Father Dollar” because of his generosity to the homeless.
Notre Dame Academy Los Angeles, California Sponsored a Drive for St. Lawrence Brindisi Parish & School in the Watts area where many are struggling financially. Children’s Toys and Target Gift Cards were donated and the Parish gratefully acknowledged the gift.
Notre Dame Academy Toledo, Ohio 23 rd year of providing for Harlan, KY, a rural mining town. 43 students, 9 parents, 3 staff, 2 SNDs traveled there bringing 1000 gifts. Distributed gifts in toy store manner and hosted a Christmas party with a meal & entertainment.
Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School Chardon, Ohio Metro Catholic School Provided 35 students each with $100 worth of clothing, educational items, toys Parents are given the gifts to distribute to their children Toy Drive 100 toys given to Cleveland Cavaliers & Lake Erie Monsters, Toys for Tots, Spanish migrants in Painesville Food Drive 3000 lbs. of food was collected for the Cleveland Food Bank & Geauga County Hunger Task Force Pantries.
Notre Dame Elementary School Chardon, Ohio Sold Candy-grams to raise money for SND Global Missions & other charities Preschool & Kindergarten: Giving Tree for Legacy 3 rd,5 th, 7 th graders made cards, gave candy-filled stockings, caroled for the sisters at Chardon and cloistered sisters. Outreach to Metro Catholic, Legacy Project Families and Coats for Kids Made “no-sew” fleece blankets to go to the homeless in Cleveland via one of the sisters and St. Ignatius HS.
Queen of Apostles School Toledo, Ohio The school adopted an anonymous family from the area Students brought non-perishable food items Teachers and staff brought toys and clothing All were wrapped and delivered to the family The school community received a wonderful thank you from the family.
St. Columban School Loveland, Ohio THANKSGIVING 23 area families benefitted from 2300 food items collected by the entire school 20 gift cards purchased & give to St. Vincent de Paul Society for distribution CHRISTMAS K,1 & 2 Harlan Toy Drive Collect new & like new toys for a toy store where parents can select toys for their children. 3,4 & 5 Lakota Indian Drive Carves, gloves, sweaters, socks, toys, board games, toiletries for Cheyenne Indian Reservation in South Dakota. 7 & 8 Giving Tree for 8 Loveland Families 153 gifts collected by all 188 junior high students
St. Francis School Cleveland, Ohio Connection to Eliza Bryant Village, creating a partnership with the residents Made Christmas placemats; art classes made big hanging snowflake decorations Gospel Choir sang for and with the residents
St. Helen School Newbury, Ohio K – 4 th grades collected baby items for Maggie’s Place in Parma for mothers & babies 5 th – 8 th grades adopted families from our SND Legacy Project.
St. John School Delphos, Ohio Delphos Community Christmas Project $2000 raised 414 children received toys & clothes 137 neighbors received fruit plates 144 families received food baskets St. Vincent de Paul Society Food collection Holy Child Association $1000 from Advent Banks
St. Joseph School Cold Spring, Kentucky Students raised money via a Dress Down Day for Prince of Peace School, an urban school in Covington. The funds raised were used to supplement the Montessori program at Prince of Peace with teaching tools such as cylinders, number rods, color boxes.
St. Jude Catholic School Fort Wayne, Indiana Chose to support The Troops this year through an organization called “Blue Star Mothers” Collected personal hygiene items, energy bars, puzzle books to send in Care Packages to those in active duty. Items also given to local vets, transitional housing residents, the homeless.
St. Mary Magdalene-St. Justin Martyr School Eastlake, Ohio 800 infant & toddler socks collected for Birthright of Lake County. Over 2000 items were collected and shared with the St. Vincent de Paul Societies at both parishes
St. Matthias High School Downey, California RED BUCKET Food Collection A local organization that works with schools to collect food for needy families. 90 buckets were filled! Adopt-A-Family JSS days: Jeans, shirts & shoes days to raise money to buy… Clothes, bedding, pots & pans, cleaning items Toys & games for under the tree.
St. Peter School North Ridgeville, Ohio For two families in the parish who had recent serious illness issues and a parent death: St. Peter students worked with the DiVencenzo Tree Farm and received part of the profits. Baked & sold bakery to cover the children’s tuition. A hat & mitten drive was held during Advent to supply North Ridgeville Community Care.
St. Wendelin School Fostoria, Ohio Caring for Kids Project K – 12 13 area families were provided with food, toiletries, cleaning supplies and gifts. SWEL coordinated a mitten tree, collecting gloves, hats, scarves and mittens. 2 nd graders even knitted 9 scarves on looms to add to the tree. K – 6 graders visited various senior centers and nursing homes, played bingo, made Christmas placemats. 6 th graders made over 200 Christmas cards for those in military service and parish shut-ins.
All of this from just 23 of our schools reporting!!! What a contribution across the entire United States of America!
SND National Education Partnership In the United States, schools sponsored by our four provinces and diocesan or parish schools where we presently minister or have ministered are invited each year to join the SND National Education Partnership. The purpose of the Partnership is to support the schools carrying out our SND Educational Vision & Principles. Through email, the internet and visits, information is shared and contact maintained with the schools. Among the benefits, the member schools are able to participate in the SND Distinguished Graduate Award program. Presently, there are 55 member schools in the SND National Education Partnership. For more information, visit the website http://www.sndeducation.org. http://www.sndeducation.org