Rumbo | January 1st, 2015 | Edition 470 | Lawrence, MA
In just a few short months, students at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School have raised over $1750.00 to support people in the community of Lawrence. The funds were distributed as follows: Cor Unum (Feeding Frenzy), $460.00; Victims of Lawrence fire on October 21, $725.00; and Bread & Roses, $575.00.
When asked why giving is so important to the students at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, senior Diana Nunez said, “It’s the reason this school was founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame—to serve the people of Lawrence. It’s in our DNA to give to people in need—it’s who we are.”
Since school started this year, students have created committees, marketed their causes and collected money from the entire population at the school. Whether students heard updates at lunch or were asked by their peers what they were going to do with their extra change from the vending machine, NDCR students have made it their mission to provide for others.
“Outreach to the local community is at the heart of the mission of Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School,” said President, Maryalyce Gilfeather, SNDdeN. “All of us at NDCR take great pride in participating in these student-lead initiatives. We emphasize leadership development in our students and when we see their generous hearts reach out to those less fortunate, and at the same time invite others to participate with them, we know our young people are well on their way to becoming our next generation of strong leaders for our community. We are blessed to have them at Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School.”
Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School was founded in 2004 under the leadership of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and in partnership with the Cristo Rey Network. Providing a unique, successful and affordable model of education to families with limited income, students graduate with college preparatory knowledge and professional corporate work study experience, preparing students with the skills, integrity and values needed for college and life after college. Thanks to over 70 Corporate Work Study partners in and around the Merrimack Valley, Route 93/128 corridors and Southern NH and the increasing donations of its supporters, NDCR has been able to provide families a tuition rate of only 10% of what it costs to attend the school and continue in its ongoing success of 100% college acceptance into four-year colleges.
Bread & Roses, a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA with a strong and rich tradition of being a center of hope and caring to the thousands of people in the Merrimack Valley, will be the next to receive a check in the amount of $575.00 from the students of NDCR.
About Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School:
In the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, located in the heart of Lawrence, MA, provides a Catholic, affordable, culturally sensitive, college preparatory education enhanced by professional work experience for young men and women from families with limited income. www.ndcrhs.org