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IB PROGRAM LEADS TO SAFETY EQUIPMENT FOR NDP

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September 23, 2023

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame Prep, an independent, Catholic, International Baccalaureate school, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

School takes possession of new automated external defibrillators purchased after NDP students raised money as part of their fifth-grade IB-PYP exhibition.

From left, NDP sixth graders Annalise Urek, Jackson Thom and Lucas Patel teamed up with Olivia Kobylecki (not pictured) last school year in fifth grade to fundraise for the purchase of two new AEDs as part of their IB-PYP Exhibition.


The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program "Exhibition" is the culminating, collaborative experience in the final year of the IB-PYP. Students explore, document and share their understanding of an issue or opportunity of personal significance.

When then-Notre Dame Prep fifth graders Olivia Kobylecki, Lucas Patel, Jackson Thom and Annalise Urek were exploring their topic for their Exhibition, they quickly arrived at "Safety in Sports," and decided their action plan would revolve around accessing more AEDs (automated external defibrillators) for their school, which already had 11, but needed at least one more to ensure broader coverage.

"Our goal of being able to get an AED to any emergency on our campus within 90 seconds is now pretty close to a reality thanks to these students," said NDP Athletic Director Betty Wroubel after the school took possession this week of not one but two new AED units. "It is amazing that our lower school students made this important project a priority and fundraised for it."

Notre Dame Prep's new automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are portable, life-saving devices designed to treat people experiencing sudden cardiac arrest, a medical condition in which the heart stops beating suddenly and unexpectedly.


Wroubel said the children worked hard on their plan to raise enough money to ensure that all of our teams, coaches and fans have better access to AEDs should they ever be needed. 

"This will benefit especially our tennis programs," she added. "Additionally, the second one will help with our off-campus teams as well as baseball."

Katherine Urek, the mother of Annalise, said she and her husband, Kyle, were happy to hear the new AED units arrived this week.

"This is great news," she said. "Our hope is that the school will never have to use them, but we're glad that they will be readily available in case."

Chris Polsinelli, Notre Dame Prep's athletic trainer noted that the school now has 13 AEDs over both campuses and the Colin House. 

"We're happy the new ones will be going to the tennis courts and to our baseball and traveling teams," he said.

For information on enrollment and registration at Notre Dame Prep, an independent, Catholic, International Baccalaureate school, please visit the admissions section of our website here.

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About Notre Dame Preparatory School 
Notre Dame Preparatory School is a private, Catholic, independent, coeducational day school located in Oakland County. Notre Dame Preparatory School'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 Prep'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 National Association of Independent Schools. For more on Notre Dame Preparatory School, visit the school’s home page at www.ndpma.org.