LOTS OF TOYS FOR GIRLS AND BOYS
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December 30, 2023
Notre Dame Prep students on the board of area nonprofit collect toys and books for needy children, overwhelming the organization's ability to redistribute so many during the Christmas holidays.
The executive youth board of Neighborhood House in Rochester Hills is comprised of leaders from six local high schools, including Notre Dame Prep. This year, NDP junior Erin Delaney and senior Michael Kenny, who were named to the youth board last year, became vice president and president, respectively, of the organization.
The two upper school students, who also are in NDP's IB program, then hit the ground running as the newly elected leaders as they organized a Christmas toy and book drive that became so successful Neighborhood House couldn't take all the toys and ensure delivery by Christmas.
"Michael and I had the idea for the drive back in October and had spent the past couple of months planning alongside the other ten high schoolers who also are on the board," Delaney said. "Our toy and book drive took place at NDP from December 4-14 alongside others that were happening at all three Rochester high schools and International Academy East."
She said the two students collected both new and used books and toys.
"We collected so many books and toys that Neighborhood House was unable to accept all of the donations," she added. "As a board, we decided to donate what we could of the toys and books to Neighborhood House, where they were then distributed to families through their holiday programs. We then took all of the extra toys to the children’s wing at Ascension Hospital in Rochester."
Neighborhood House, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, has been providing food, clothing, financial assistance, transportation, counseling and other services for more than 50 years. It annually helps more than 3,000 households on their path to self-sustainability.
Delaney says it's a wonderful organization that benefits many people as a result of its services. She also said being involved with it is still another opportunity to demonstrate what it means to be a Notre Dame Prep student.
"The executive youth board Christmas toy drive allowed Michael and I to further pursue the 'upright citizen' aspect of our school mission," she said. "We believe that as upright citizens, we are called to help support those in need in our communities, especially during the holiday season."
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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.