The Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) recently hosted their 5th Annual Mission Day, where the entire school community showed their dedication to the NDA mission and held a walkathon which raised more than $13,000 to support the school’s four mission projects.
“I am absolutely thrilled with the progress we made in raising money for the Mission Projects of the Sisters,” said Academy Junior and Mission Day Student Organizer Charli Rei Aldana Proulx. “It was amazing to see such an overwhelmingly supportive response from the school community and the level of participation made all our efforts worthwhile.”
As a learning community sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur (SNDdeN), NDA Tyngsboro is governed by seven Hallmarks. The theme for this year’s Mission Day was NDA’s Hallmark #6: “We create community among those with whom we work and with those we serve.”
The Mission Day observance began with an all-school prayer service followed by a performance of the Upper School Dance Team and prayers of intention read by a student representative from each grade. Following the service, Sister Lenore Coan, SNDdeN, addressed the students to provide background information about the mission projects that were selected for fundraising.
The Bike Project, based in Peru, funds the purchase of bikes for families in need of transportation to and from school, as well as for use to medical appointments.
The Sunflower Project, a micro-financing project, is based in Nigeria and allows women to borrow money to start a small business and then repay their loan.
The African Photovoltaic Project, a solar project, provides 24-hour access to electricity, ultra-violet rays for water purification, and a satellite dish for connection to the Internet in the Congo.
The Tuition Project gives back to the St. Peter Claver School in South Africa.
The walkathon was held in the afternoon at the track and field where it was evident that the community had accomplished the goal of building closer unity between the Lower and Upper School.