Fairfield high school recognized for ‘Kindness’ campaign


Principal Chris Cipriano, Chaplain Fr. Peter Cipriani and students Sean Cronan, Mike DeGennaro and Emmett Whelan attended the ceremony at the Capitol and received the award from state Education Commissioner Stefon Pryor.

Notre Dame High School in Fairfield received on June 10 the Challenge to Educational Citizenship Award from the Connecticut Department of Education and the state Student Advisory Council on Education for the school’s 26 Acts of Kindness Campaign.

Student activities, which represented good citizenship, a commitment to others, civic awareness, leadership, responsibility and teamwork, provided opportunities for students to help others were eligible for this award.

Notre Dame was one of 12 schools from across the state selected to be recognized and one of only four high schools represented. Nearly 60 schools submitted programs for consideration.

After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, the Notre Dame community organized a 26 Acts of Kindness campaign. A different act of kindness was designed for each school day. Throughout the 26 day campaign, the school collected the  pet food (donated to the CT Humane Society), coats/sweatshirts (donated to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission), used sporting equipment (donated to local charities), children’s books (donated to the Fairfield Kiwanis Club collection) and non-perishable food items (donated to the Operation Hope Food Bank).

Letters of thanks were written to teachers, soldiers and first responders. Other acts included Be Kind to Yourself Day, Be Good to the Environment Day, Please/Thank You Day and Share a Compliment with Someone Day.

The culmination of the campaign was a Community Service Day where 240 students fanned out to more than 20 sites and volunteered their help to nonprofit organizations. Now in its second year, area schools (public and private) were invited to participate and about 15 schools joined.

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