Notre Dame High School in Fairfield was the recipient of a Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award for the school's 26 Acts of Kindness campaign. The award, from the state Department of Education and the state Student Advisory Council on Education, is given for student activities displaying good citizenship, a commitment to others, civic awareness, leadership, responsibility and teamwork.
Notre Dame was one of 12 schools from across the state to be recognized, and one of only four high schools.
After the 2012 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, the Notre Dame community performed a different act of kindness on each school day throughout the 26-day campaign. Among the projects: writing letters of thanks to teachers, soldiers and first responders; collecting pet food to be donated to the Humane Society, coats for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, children's books for the Fairfield Kiwanis Club and used sporting equipment. The culmination of the campaign was a Community Service Day where 240 Notre Dame students volunteered their help to more than 20 non-profit organizations.
The awards ceremony on June 10 at the state Capitol in Hartford was attended by Notre Dame seniors Sean Cronan, Mike DeGennaro and Emmett Whelan, and the high school's principal and chaplain who received the award on behalf of the school from state Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor.
For more information, contact Principal Chris Cipriano at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-372-6521.