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During the 2016 Make It Matter Day, student members of Notre Dame’s Multicultural Alliance Club repair bikes that will be donated to the needy.
During the 2016 Make It Matter Day, student members of
Notre Dame’s Multicultural Alliance Club repair bikes
that will be donated to the needy.

Notre Dame puts its faith into action
(from Notre Dame Preparatory School website www.ndpma.org

On the 2016 edition of Make it Matter Day, which was held on September 30, on and around the campus, all three divisions of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy came together mostly under one roof to make things that make a difference.

The school calls this annual event Make It Matter Day because it is an opportunity for more than 1,100 students and their teachers to focus on the "Christian persons" and "upright citizens" aspects of the school mission. The goal is to make something useful for people in need in the metropolitan Detroit area and in other parts of the world.

"Our annual Make It Matter Day is a wonderful opportunity for our students and staff to put
our faith into action," said Fr. Joe Hindelang, s.m., principal of Notre Dame's upper division.

The students built special boxes for recycling used electronics, knitted stocking caps for infants and the homeless, repaired bikes for needy children and adults, and wrote letters to retired priests and religious among many other initiatives.

Student-athletes on Notre Dame’s varsity football team spent time today with children at Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac.
Student-athletes on Notre Dame’s varsity football team spent time with children at Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac.

Katherine Thomas, a 6th grade science teacher and IB coordinator, said the students working in her classroom today prepared denim and other materials to be used to manufacture special closed-toe shoes to be distributed to children in Africa. 

"The kids are cutting the material out today after which it will be shipped via the organization Sole Hope,” she said.

"Sole Hope not only provide finished shoes to needy children in Uganda, they help provide shoemaking jobs to many adults there who desperately need them." 

Also, a number of the school's sports teams made special trips away from campus to help out in the community, including the cross country team cleaning up and pruning greenery at a public park in Lake Orion, and the varsity football team spending a morning helping elementary students at Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac.

During the 2016 Make It Matter Day, student members of Notre Dame’s Multicultural Alliance Club repair bikes that will be donated to the needy.
Middle division students work on cutting out material to be used for
“Sole Hope” shoes, which will be sent to Uganda.

In previous years for Make It Matter Day, Notre Dame students have made specially designed "onesies" for needy infants, packets of materials for children activities in hospitals, decorated photo frames for residents of China, and fleece blankets for families in emergencies or for the homeless among many other projects.

In addition, many students in Notre Dame's upper division painted and decorated large plywood panels that were used as a more attractive alternative for boarding up abandoned houses in Detroit and around southeast Michigan. 

Student-athletes on Notre Dame’s varsity football team spent time today with children at Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac.
Members of Notre Dame’s cross country team
clean up and spruce up a park in Lake Orion.
Kimberly Anderson, upper division Spanish teacher and IB-DP coordinator, right, and her mother help students sew dresses for needy children in Africa.
Kimberly Anderson, upper division Spanish teacher and
IB-DP coordinator, right, and her mother help students
sew dresses for needy children in Africa.
Student-athletes on Notre Dame’s varsity football team spent time today with children at Walton Charter Academy in Pontiac.
Notre Dame Prep students decorate special "egg" toys that will be packaged and distributed to those in the community.

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