In the recently completed Thanksgiving edition of "The Great Give," the Notre Dame community of students, parents, faculty and staff collected food baskets and more than $13,000, all of which will benefit Marist missions and a number of local charities, including the Christ Child House, Covenant House Michigan and Bound Together Pontiac, which provides no cost, individualized reading, writing, mathematics tutoring, art and cooking four days per week to Pontiac elementary school students.
According to Della Lawrence from NDPMA's Campus Ministry department, the middle division also is planning to collect clothing, toys, etc., for the Baldwin Center after Thanksgiving with a focus on Christmas.
"A big thank you to our entire community," Lawrence said. "What we do makes a large impact on our neighbors in and around Pontiac."
"The South Oakland Shelter helps homeless people get job training as they try to reincorporate themselves back into the community," said Notre Dame senior Lauren Neiheisel. "We know these people are just trying to get back on their feet and it's great that we can help make that happen."
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About Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy
Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. The school's upper division 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 divisions enroll students in jr. kindergarten through grade eight. All three divisions 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 www.ndpma.org.