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Eighth-grade girls say "Character Counts"
By Kim Smith, ND Marist Academy - Middle Division Counselor

Girls from Notre Dame's middle division display the blankets they made before delivery to Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.
Girls from Notre Dame's middle division display the blankets they made before delivery to Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac.

The Notre Dame eighth-grade girls "Character Counts" group just finished up their year by talking about two attributes of great importance that relate to our school mission: caring and citizenship.

They discussed how "caring" involves being kind and compassionate, expressing gratitude, forgiving others and helping people in need. "Citizenship" involves making the school and community better, cooperating, obeying laws and rules, and respecting authority.

The students came up with the service project of making blankets for Grace Centers of Hope. Each student had a partner and made a blanket. Over 25 blankets were made. Around that time, a student at Notre Dame Marist Academy had been injured and was at the University of Michigan Mott Hospital. The young ladies decided to give one of the blankets (a University of Michigan Blanket) to the injured student. His parents said he was overjoyed with the blanket and the staff at the hospital liked the blanket too.

At Notre Dame, we continually reference the school mission of "Christian people," and "upright citizens and academic scholars," and these young ladies are truly living the mission!

Notre Dame Marist Academy - Middle Division
Eighth-grade ladies “Character Counts” Group

Blankets were made with love by:
Bolden, Claire
Bonello, Hadley Ann
Brademeyer, Rachel
Cornejo, Claudia
Dorantes, Kennedy
Evans, Emma
Galloway, Mckenna
Gebara, Nicole
Gowdy, Megan
Guertler, Ann-Cathrin
Hak, Layla
Housey, Mireille
Isham, Sabrina
Japinga, McKenzie
Kerr, Raegan
Kowalkowski, Emma
Kyre, MaKayla
Mager, Elizabeth
Matheis, Marie
McDerment, Megan
McLean, Lily
Meulebrouck, Chloe
Meyer, Marisa
Peters, Sandra
Pietrowski, Kelsey
Powell, Lauren
Rifat, Chloe
Roth, Kate
Salome, Sarah
Scaccia, Marisa
Ujayli, Deema
Zapczynski, Hannah
Zhao, Anne

About Grace Centers of Hope:
Grace Centers of Hope was established in 1942. It has since grown into the largest and oldest faith-based outreach to homeless and disadvantaged individuals and families. Grace Centers of Hope provides a full recovery and rehabilitation campus for homeless men, women and children who have been abused or addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.

Reproduced with permission from Notre Dame Preparatory/Marist Academy Press Release