Academy of Notre Dame Supports On-Going Needs of Gas Explosion Victims

Academy of Notre Dame Supports On-Going Needs of Gas Explosion Victims

During the season of giving, the students and staff of the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) have been coming to the aid of the victims of September's gas explosions in Lawrence.


In support of the students and families of Notre Dame Cristo Rey (NDCR), a Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur school located in Lawrence and the Academy’s sister school, the Academy community raised money in October and sent it along to the NDCR Family Emergency Fund to benefit students who were displaced.


"We were very struck by the devastation that was caused by the explosions and wanted to come to the aid of the students in our sister school during their hour of crisis," explains Hope Griffin, Upper School Director of Campus Ministry. "As a community committed to the service of others and in the spirit upon which our schools were founded, we were honored to do our small part in trying to make life a bit easier for those who were affected."


In November, the Lower School Parents’ Club and Student Council partnered with the Notre Dame Education Center in Lawrence to assist low income families who were displaced by the explosions or  who may still be without power.


"We took up a collection of warm blankets, as well as scarfs and mittens and filled five large boxes," reports Elizabeth O'Connell, Principal of the Academy's Lower School. "It is an example of how we live out our SNDdeN mission and Hallmarks which are about community service and creating community with those whom we work and serve."


The donation of blankets and winter apparel was delivered to the Executive Director of the Notre Dame Education Center, Sr. Eileen Burns, SNDdeN, by Parents’ Club representative Alanna Flood and her two children, Patrick and Ainsley, grade 4 students.