Lauralton students reach out locally and globally

The core values of the Sisters of Mercy are evident not only in the words on banners displayed throughout the campus, but in daily actions of students. Achievements of Lauralton’s Outreach Program during the 2011-2012 school year reflect the tremendous impact our students make both locally and globally. The goal of the Outreach Program is to support local, national and international non-profit organizations that provide programs and projects that serve the needy and that help people around the world who are suffering from natural disasters.

Funds raised through class activities, club projects  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 Jamaica, Nicaragua and Africa. Following is a list of organizations and projects that benefited from the Outreach Program:

Special Love: $775 was raised for Special Love’s Camp Fantastic, an inspirational camp for children with cancer and their families.
Feeding America: $754 was raised for Feeding America, a food bank that feeds 37 million Americans annually.
Food for the Poor: Religion classes raised $800 for Food for the Poor, an international relief organization that provides food, housing, health care, education, water projects, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance. This year funds raised were sent to aid children in Jamaica and in Nicaragua.
Get in Touch Foundation: The Physics Launch raised $3,626 for the Milford-based Get in Touch Foundation, a grassroots non-profit organization committed to breast health awareness and education. Under the direction of Science Department Chair Theresa Napolitano, teams of students used physics to have fun and fundraise - launching a catapult to compete for prizes and gift certificates.  
March of Dimes: $778 was raised to support the March of Dimes, an organization dedicated to preventing birth defects and helping improve birth outcomes around the world.
Mercy Learning Center:  In November, 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 and creating a more hopeful future for themselves and their children.  Juniors and seniors also supported the center, raising $900 to purchase gift cards.  In December an additional $1,200 for gift cards was raised.

“Several Lauralton Clubs also made significant contributions,” says Outreach Coordinator Sister Dorothy Synkewecz, RSM. “I was impressed not only by the amount of funds raised, but by their innovative approaches to fundraising and community giving.” Following are projects initiated by LH clubs:

Environmental Club raised over $675 for the Jane Goodall Institute, a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.
National Honor Society’s Souper Bowl was a huge success. More than 650 cans of soup were collected with the entire school, students, faculty and staff, stepping up to the challenge. “The soup drive showed how the smallest offering - a can of soup - can make the biggest difference in assisting people in the community,” said National Honor Society Co-Moderator and English teacher Pam Boynton. “When the officers learned that the shelves of local food pantries were emptied after the holidays, they came up with a creative and fun way in which to supplement them,” added Chris Cook, NHS Co-Moderator and mathematics teacher. 
Voices of Justice collected new and gently used books for St. Martin de Porres, a private Catholic School in New Haven.

In total, the Outreach Program raised over $10,300 during the 2011-2012 school year. The Lauralton community is extremely proud of all of our students for the role they played in carrying out the Mercy mission to emulate the love of Mother McAuley for the poor. 


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