December 15, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Students at Regina Dominican High School hosted the second annual Ugandan Fair Trade Market December 12 during lunch. All proceeds benefited Noté Karacel, an organization that supports the people of Alenga, Uganda. Noté Karacel means "Unite Together" in the local language of Alenga.
One of the main goals of Noté Karacel is to provide tuition assistance for Ugandan girls and young women so that they are able to receive a quality education. Visit www.notekaracel.org to learn more about the work being done in Alenga, Uganda. Regina Dominican sponsors two girls in Alenga through the proceeds from notecards designed by National Art Honor Society students.
The same day as the market, Regina Dominican began its "Random Acts of Kindness Week." Students, faculty, and staff have been challenged to complete 701 random acts of kindness this week in recognition of the school’s address, 701 Locust Road. Random acts include buying lunch for a friend, helping someone with homework, shoveling snow for a neighbor, leaving a quarter in the vending machine, and complimenting someone.
Members of the school community will fill out ornaments with a description of their acts; the ornaments will be placed on the "Kindness Tree" in the cafeteria.
Feature photo: From left, Summer Rocha, Emily Becker, Rebecca Richards, Jenna Rozhon, and Mary Grace Stanton.
Article submitted by Sister Mary Jean Williams, OP
December 9, 2016, Wilmette, Illinois – Regina Dominican High School students have hosted a number of special activities during the festive season that runs from Thanksgiving through Advent.
Hearing of the report by Catholic Charities USA that 46 million Americans live in poverty, the school community brought in 22 boxes of food and baby formula for the annual Thanksgiving food drive. This donation will be given to Catholic Charities, which will make a difference in the lives of those who live in poverty.
Classes took up the challenge to be the leader in bringing the most items during the six-day collection. The next opportunity to partner with Catholic Charities for the holidays is the Christmas Giving Tree Program.
Sister Donna Markham, OP, the first woman to serve as President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, is a Regina Dominican alumna.
Through the school’s Giving Tuesday program, generous donors contributed enough money for six full-year tuitions. Regina Dominican’s Giving Tuesday goal was to “Fund 4 Years” by raising $27,800 – the equivalent of two years of tuition – to receive a matching amount. In the end, the campaign raised $59,000, in addition to the matching gift of $27,800 – enough for six tuitions.
Regina Dominican Preachers – students who had participated in the Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference – created a multi-media prayer service to begin the Season of Advent. The service included the description of the meaning, symbols, and tradition of the Advent wreath.
As each of the four candles and a Christ candle were placed in the Advent wreath, the assembly sang the words, “O come, O come, Emanuel.” Members of the assembly raised their hands to bless the wreath and reflected on a Scripture reading to enter into the Advent spirit.
The Advent wreath was then taken to the student entrance at the school, where it will remain during the weeks of Advent.