FAIRFIELD—Notre Dame High School has partnered with St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace, Louisiana—a community devastated by Hurricane Ida.
“In the days following the hurricane and after a quick online search, I reached out to the principal and assistant principal at St. Charles Catholic High School in LaPlace,” said ND Principal Chris Cipriano. “I identified St. Charles because it reminded me so much of ND—a diverse diocesan high school, in the suburbs, with about 450 students.” Principal Cipriano sent an email, offering prayers and made an inquiry to see if the ND community could be of assistance. “Considering the area is still without power nearly two weeks after the storm, I was pleasantly surprised to hear back,” he said.
Principal Cipriano asked if the Notre Dame community were able to collect and deliver supplies to their school, would they be able to receive and distribute them to their community? The answer was a quick yes.
“After reviewing the list of requested items, I recognized how great the need is in LaPlace,” Cipriano said.
Notre Dame’s goal is now to drive a truck full of supplies from Fairfield to LaPlace early next week—as the need is immediate.
“To accomplish this ambitious goal, we are humbly asking for your support,” said principal Cipriano. “A wide-ranging list of items (from food to toys to brooms to shovels) requested by the St. Charles community can be found here.”
Notre Dame will be collecting contributions this Thursday and Friday, September 9 and 10, during school hours (7 am-3 pm) and on Saturday, September 11 from 11 am – 2 pm. If you would like to make a monetary gift instead, click here.
“Together, we will spread love and kindness to a fellow Catholic high school community that is struggling,” said principal Cipriano.