Notre Dame third graders help produce Stations of the Cross plaques


Lower school celebrates mass this week as new Stations of the Cross plaques get a special blessing.

On Wednesday, March 28, in the middle of Holy Week 2018, Notre Dame's lower school got together for mass celebrated by school corporate president, Fr. Leon Olszamowski, s.m.

During the mass, Olszamowski also blessed special newly created Stations of the Cross plaques that were installed in the school's activity center. According to lower school art teacher, Michelle Zimmerman, the plaques were produced with the help of third-grade students.

"I designed the 15 plaques to connect visually with the 'Children's Way of the Cross' booklet the students have been studying," she said. "The visual similarities between the art in the booklet and in the relief carvings that it inspired will help students connect the meaning of the images to the passion of our Lord."

Zimmerman used students in Donna Stuk's third-grade class during the plaques' glazing process "so they could experience making a matching series of ceramic tiles that have great significance to our faith.”

More photos of the mass, the blessing, and a special birthday celebration are available here.

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Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame's upper school enrolls students in grades nine through twelve and has been named one of the nation's best 50 Catholic high schools (Acton Institute) four times since 2005. Notre Dame's middle and lower schools enroll students in pre-kindergarten through grade eight. All three schools are International Baccalaureate "World Schools." NDPMA is conducted by the Marist Fathers and Brothers and is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States and the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy, visit the school's home page at