Students reach out locally and globally

Lauralton Hall’s Outreach Program exemplifies how students put into action daily the Mercy values of providing service to the poor and compassion for those less fortunate. The goal of the Outreach Program is to support local, national and international organizations that serve the needy. In the 2012-2013 school year, funds raised through class activities, club projects, service trips and “Dress Down Days” made a difference in the lives of children and families as nearby as Bridgeport and New Haven and as far away as Guatemala, Guyana, Appalachia and Africa.
These organizations and projects benefited from the 2012-2013 Outreach Program: 

  • The American Red Cross:  The junior class raised $207.
  • Builders Beyond Borders:  14 students travelled to Guyana where they rolled up their sleeves and mixed cement— helping to build a bridge and a community center. In addition to raising money to cover their travel expenses the funds they raised helped purchase construction tools and paid salaries of local workers. 
  • Catholic Charities:  $225 was raised for Catholic Charities whose mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency and human potential of those in need.
  • Catholic Relief Services:  $103 was raised for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, a program where funds are used to alleviate hunger and poverty locally as well as supporting humanitarian relief programs in 100 countries worldwide.       
  • Friends of Chikumbuso: $425 was raised for this community-wide initiative to end the cycle of poverty through education and micro-enterprise.
  • Get in Touch Foundation: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lauralton Hall sponsored several programs including GIT Your Pink on Day. The entire Lauralton Hall community dressed in pink, raising $849 for the GIT Foundation, a Milford-based non-profit organization committed to breast health awareness and education.
  • Holy Family of Ashaniwa: The sophomore class raised $1,131.64 for this orphanage for girls in India.
  • Make a Wish Foundation:  The freshman class raised $482 for Make a Wish Foundation, helping to grant wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.
  • March of Dimes: $425 was raised to support the March of Dimes and their dedication to preventing birth defects and helping improve birth outcomes around the world.
  • Mercy Beyond Borders: As part of Global Solidarity Week over $1,000 was raised for Mercy Beyond Borders, an international organization that improves the lives of impoverished women and children by providing education, funding entrepreneurial projects and promoting maternal and child health.
  • The Mercy Learning Center:  Students in freshman and sophomore homerooms made Thanksgiving baskets for families at the Mercy Learning Center in Bridgeport, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating low-income women by helping them improve their skills and earning potential.  Juniors and seniors also supported the center, raising funds to purchase gift cards.
  • School the World: During February 13 students, accompanied by Spanish teachers Pat Doerr and Bertha Maiese, spent a week helping build a school in Guatemala. The trip was sponsored by School the World an organization dedicated to bringing the gift of education to children of the developing world.  In addition to building friendships and classrooms, the students also raised money to buy building materials.  “My greatest surprise was that I came here wanting to change lives and mine was changed instead,” said Diamante McKay ’15.
  • Smile Train: The Senior Class raised $364 for this international charity that provides cleft palate surgery as well as training to local doctors.

In preparing young women to become visionary leaders and active members of their communities, Lauralton Hall encourages students to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity or club. This is a partial list of outreach projects spearheaded by student clubs:

  • Environmental Club raised $709 for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Snare Removal Program. In addition to removing illegal chimpanzee snares from forests in Uganda and the Republic of Congo, the program covers education initiatives for local people related to the value of biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.
  • National Honor Society collected more than 1,000 cans of soup which were donated to the Food for the People Pantry in Bridgeport and the Milford Food Bank.  “The soup drive showed how the smallest offering—a can of soup—can make the biggest difference in assisting people in the community,” said NHS Co-Moderator and English teacher Pam Boynton.

The Lauralton Hall community also raised $1,384 for The Sandy Hook School Support Fund and $275 to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. In total, the Outreach Program raised more than $8,000 during the 2012-2013 school year. The Lauralton community is extremely proud of all of our students for the role they played in carrying out the Mercy Core Values of Compassion and Service and Global Vision and Responsibility.


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