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Students Work with Peace Center to Distribute Easter Bags to Seniors

March 31, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana – Students from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans, in conjunction with the Peace Center, distributed 35 bags of food and candy to seniors at Pine Street Apartments. 

Encouraged by Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Harvat, OP, the students collected food and candy. Many interrupted their Easter holiday to distribute the green bags at the apartment building during a downpour of rain on Holy Thursday, March 24. The Peace Center provided the bags, as well as ham.

Many of the seniors at Pine Street Apartments are regulars of the Peace Center, opened in 2014 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who also sponsor St. Mary’s Dominican High School. “We learned from [the seniors] that their supply of food runs out toward the end of the month,” explained Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP, of the Peace Center. “What better time to feed the hungry and spread the message of new life than at Easter!”

Sister Pat ministers as Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She was elected in February 2016 to serve as General Councilor for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, effective July 1, 2016.

- Article submitted by Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP

Feature photo: Seniors from the Pine Street Apartments in New Orleans show appreciation for the Easter Bags they recieved from the Peace Center and students at St. Mary's Dominican High School. Photo by Sister Patricia Harvat, OP.


Rosarian Academy Students Focus on Community Service

March 22, 2016, West Palm Beach, Florida – As the holiest of weeks in Lent approached, students at Rosarian Academy began to set their minds and hearts on service to the community. Two special projects exemplified this focus.

A team of 18 seventh- and eighth-grade Rosarian Academy students, the Glocalizers, was selected as the top recipient and voted audience favorite, winning $18,000, in the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Challenge.   

The Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank offered local middle and high school students an opportunity to create and implement innovative solutions to community issues and social problems in Palm Beach County. More than 35 submissions were received, and Rosarian's Glocalizers team was selected as one of nine finalists.

For this challenge, the Glocalizers are partnering locally with The Lord's Place to fight youth homelessness in our cities through promoting awareness, making policy recommendations and active participation.

The Glocalizers pitched their idea live, on stage on March 17 at the Harriet Himmel Theater at CityPlace in front of four judges/ philanthropist-investors: William Meyer, Julie Fisher Cummings, Danielle H. Moore, and Eric Becker. Each personally committed $25,000. Finalists had the opportunity to receive up to $15,000 for their idea and will receive a year of mentoring by a contributing philanthropist.

Seventh-grade student Jack Fields holds the model he built of the Hexa Village, presented by Rosarian’s Glocalizers to the judges at the Palm Beach Philanthropy Tank Challenge.

Seventh-graders Devyn Dyett, Javier Keogh, and Jack Shepherd led the Glocalizers’ four-minute pitch to eliminate homelessness for Palm Beach County youth by developing a “Hexa Village” made out of recycled shipping containers that would serve as temporary housing units. They outlined their goal to build a cost-effective, safe, inclusive, and sustainable community. The team also presented a model of the village – built by seventh-grader Jack Fields – and a computerized model of the container home.

Rosarian Academy students participating in the Philanthropy Tank challenge include Meredith Anderson, Gemma Conroy, Bella Vega-Dadurian, Hope Diffenderfer, Devyn Dyett, Gabriela Faber, Jack Fields, Isabella Fiorentino, Marlowe Flom, Liam Groth, Bettina Johnston, Javier Keough, Sofia Mendez, Johnny Molina, Drew O'Brien, Thomas Raymond, Jack Shepherd, Lacey Steele, and Van Gronberg. Read a related article by Cynthia Thuma in the Palm Beach Daily News.

Led by Rosarian Academy’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), 15 students spent March 12 painting the Palm Beach Gardens home of a family of four. The mother suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and the father from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). 

Sixth grader Finn Throop prunes bushes to help improve the landscape at the palm Beach Gardens home.

As part of its sponsorship of Paint Your Heart Out, the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County provided the recycled paint and painting supplies at no cost to the homeowner. In addition to painting, the students also helped with landscaping provided by Rosarian parent Serena Wilson.

“It was a great event because the students had an opportunity to serve a local family in need while also learning valuable life skills,” said Patrick Hansen, Rosarian teacher and NJHS moderator. “The students donated their entire Saturday morning, which really reflects their character and commitment to service."

Paint Your Heart Out Palm Beach County is a volunteer-based nonprofit organization that offers assistance to the elderly, disabled and low-income families with children. Through Paint Your Heart Out, more than 80 homes are painted or repaired yearly.

Feature photo: Eighth graders Laura Narcisse (front) and Daisy Cook paint the home of a family in Palm Beach Gardens.


 

 

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