School Notes


Elementary Schools

St. Joseph’s School in Kingston, along with the Kingston Kiwanis, collected 1,008 pairs of shoes for people in need. Teacher Sean Bailey’s fourth-grade class spearheaded the school-wide collection in conjunction with the monthly theme of “mercy.”

High Schools

Loyola School in Manhattan held its annual spring drive for the Ronald McDonald House’s “Parents Pantry.” Students collected six boxes of items, including the following:  20 tubes of toothpaste, 17 packets of toothbrushes, four bottles of lotion, 11 hand soaps, and 13 shampoos and conditioners. Juniors Lily Keller and Bryanna Geiger organized the drive.

Students of Iona Preparatory School in New Rochelle who volunteered for the Mission Peru team recently returned home from their 10-day annual Christian service trip. The 15-member team included 12 students and three chaperones. They spent most of their time in some of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima, Peru’s capital, where the Christian Brothers operate a school. The students got a close-up look at life without drinkable water, abundant food, indoor plumbing, paved roads and electronic devices.
Their days were filled with service—everything from serving at an orphanage to leveling land and pulling up concrete flooring.
“They come back changed,” said Brother Thomas Leto, C.F.C., president of Iona Prep. “The group comes away knowing there’s something bigger than Iona Preparatory School.”

Katha Sikka, a senior at Our Lady of Lourdes High School, Poughkeepsie, received the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards for poetry (honorable mention), and the Silver Key Medal, also from Scholastic, for poetry and two essays. She was also recognized for her participation in the Chapman University’s 17th annual Holocaust Art and Writing contest. The contest began in 1999 as a partnership between the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education at Chapman University and The “1939” Club, now known as The 1939 Society, an organization of Holocaust survivors and descendants.


FIAME, the Forum of Italian American Educators, celebrates the achievements of Italian American educators and prominent community leaders who bring their Italian values to others. It also provides scholarships to Italian American high school students.
The annual dinner dance will be held at Villa Barone, the Bronx, on Friday, April 15.
Among the honorees are:
The Michael Tomasetti Administrator’s Award: Angela D’Angelo Deegan, principal, St. Francis Xavier School.
The Excellence in Teaching Award: Alessandra Barone Mercora, first-grade teacher, St. Theresa School.
The FIAME Donation went to the Jeanne Jugan Residence and the Little Sisters of the Poor.

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