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Outreach and Service

Daily Dose of Reading

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Elementary School
NDES in partnership with Daily Dose of Reading sponsors a book drive.  Families donate gently used or new books. 
Last year Notre Dame Elementary School donated over 2,000 books to Daily Dose of Reading, an organization that provides important programs and resources to help build strong literacy skills and prepare children for success in education and in life.

A Campus that Cares Food Drive

Dates: February 4-8, 2019
At the beginning of February, Student Council will collect non-perishable items for the Campus that Cares Food Drive. Please consider giving foods that are lower in sodium and sugar.

Lenten Outreach - Mission Mite Boxes

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Elementary School
Date: March 6 - April 17

Lenten Mission Outreach

Lent is a time when we try to renew our efforts to live the Christian life more fully as we contemplate the example of Jesus.  The traditional Lenten practices are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. During the season of Lent, we make a greater effort to share God’s goodness with others, to be Christ for others. Our school theme for 2018-19 is Better Together.  As we fast from purchasing candy, pop, chips, and other things that are not essential to our life, we can give the money to assist those who struggle for basic necessities.

Ash Wednesday – Mission mite boxes will be given to each of the children in

Grades K to 8 for donations to aid children in poorer countries.

During Lent – Children or family members contribute their Lenten sacrifice money to assist others in need by placing it in the box.

Before Easter – Boxes should be returned to the child’s homeroom teacher.

Depending on the amount contributed, the Lenten donations will be used for the Missionary Childhood Association, phonics books for St. Julie Primary School in Uganda, Africa, and the Cleveland Diocesan Mission in El Salvador.  We also continue our efforts to raise money for a well for St. Julie School. 

Working together, we can make a difference in our world by showing God’s goodness and provident care to others.

Messages of Gratitude - During October we held a mission drive.  We were able to send $1,050 to Notre Dame Global Missions to support the education of three orphan girls in Tanzania, Africa, and $400 for the Missionary Childhood Association that aids children around the world.  Both Sister Marie Manning from Notre Dame Global Missions and Father Steve Vellenga from the Diocesan Mission Office have sent notes to thank you for your generosity and support.

Coats for the City

Coats for the City
Sponsored by Notre Dame Elementary School
Winter time can be a very scary time for the poor and homeless. During the month of December, NDES collects new or gently used coats, jackets, hat and scarves and boots for babies through adults.

Holiday Smencil Sale

Sponsored by Student Council
During the month of  December, Student Council will sell "Smencils" (scented pencils).  Smencils are $1 and all proceeds benefit the St. Julie School in Uganda, Africa.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

Sponsored by Student Council
During the month of  November, Student Council will collect non-perishable items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive. All donations benefit the efforts of the Geauga Hunger Task Force, which serves seven food pantries throughout Geauga County.

October Mission Drive

Sponsored by SND Global Missions
October has been a month to help our children become more aware of the needs of people in countries in addition to our own. Each year NDES students contribute funds to assist children around the world through the Missionary Childhood Association, Notre Dame Global Missions, and others.

The mission drive runs from October 19 - 31. Each child is asked to make an initial donation of $2.00 and will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the three Halloween mascots. All proceeds will benefit the St. Julie School in Africa and renew the contributions of education, housing, food and clothing for the three Aloysia children.

Dwarfism Awareness

NDES supports Dwarfism Awareness Month.  To build positive awareness and dispell misconceptions regarding Dwarfism, Dr. Michelle Platz speaks to students about "What is Big." She is also the mother of Max Platz, a student at NDES that has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism.

Eighth Grade Service Project

As part of the Notre Dame Elementary School mission statment our school "reaches out to others according to Gospel values."   We offer the opportunity for all 8th grade students to reach out to others through service this year.  Students perform 20 hours of service outside of NDES,  during their 8th grade year.  Ten hours of service are completed by the end of January.
Click here to download the 8th Grade service hour form.

Colin Boland Fun Run

Sponsored by NDES
NDES in partnership with the Colin Boland Memorial sponsors an in-school Fun Run in honor of Colin Boland, a student of NDES who tragically lost his life in October of 2010.   All students run or walk for a mile and can purchase t-shirts or donate money toward the Colin Boland Memorial Fund.  
The Colin Boland Memorial Fund focuses charitable efforts on the needs of children in Colin’s age group. They believe that children and those that care for them do not deserve to fight battles on their own, including: life-changing illness, restraints on education, detrimental material losses and untimely loss of loved ones.

Advent Outreach

Sponsored by the Notre Dame Elementary School
NDES celebrates God's goodness and provident care by sharing our blessings with others. One opportunity, special to us, is the Christmas joy we bring each year to the families of Metro Catholic School, an inner city school of 557 children staffed by dedicated lay teachers and 12 Sisters of Notre Dame.