Each year around this time as we near the finish of the school year, we encourage the entire Notre Dame family – alumni, current parents, alumni parents, and friends – to make a gift to support the educational mission of Notre Dame High School. This year, COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges, and Notre Dame has responded. Within a few days of the “Safer at Home” restrictions, Notre Dame transitioned to an online learning format. The school was well-positioned with our iPad program and teachers trained to use digital learning tools. Parents and students have expressed gratitude and amazement at Notre Dame’s ability to pivot so quickly and to continue to offer our college preparatory program at a high level. This transition echoes a quote from Blessed Basil Moreau, the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, who said,
“How we educate the mind will change with the times; how we cultivate the heart is and will remain timeless."
While learning continues, other things have not. The Class of 2020 lost their final semester, spring sports season, and traditional year-end graduation activities. We are proud of our students, especially our seniors, who have been remarkable in carrying on with their education despite the disappointment. Sadly, the restrictions have affected some of our families. Many families may no longer be able to continue at Notre Dame. We also had to cancel fundraising events that typically raise over $200,000.
During this difficult time, your support of Notre Dame is critical. Our Holy Cross mission theme this year is Bringing Hope. The mission theme is usually something that we impart to our students, but this year we are asking the Notre Dame community to help bring hope to our students and families. The most important way to support NDHS is with your prayers. Please pray for the students, families, faculty, staff, and alumni of Notre Dame, and know that we are praying for you. The other way you can support the school is with a charitable gift. Please consider taking the opportunity to bring hope to our NDHS families.