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Fredericksburg school receives most donations in an NCEA campaign

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Holy Cross Academy in Fredericksburg participated in the National Catholic Educational Association’s National Day of Giving Jan. 30, an online giving campaign inviting people who have been impacted by Catholic education to give back to their local schools. The theme for this inaugural event was “Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools.”

The school received the highest number of donations — 158 — of all the Catholic schools in the country and raised the second highest amount — $22,280.

“We far surpassed our goal and exceeded our matching grant,” said Oblate Sister of St. Francis de Sales Susan Louise Eder, principal. “With the matching grant (from an alumni), giving day and donations received, our grand total is $41,796.”

Leading up to the day, students and parents spoke at the Masses at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Fredericksburg; students handed out cards expressing their thanks and asking for support for the day; and the school sent emails to parish groups, former donors and grandparents, as well as school families.

Holy Cross Academy invited parents to come to the school that day to get involved. The school held programs to encourage parents to give donations at the computer giving stations set up in the school, and announced their progress throughout the day.   

“Kindergarteners through fifth-graders did STEM projects with their parents; middle schoolers hosted their parents for lunch and demonstrated their good manners they learned in school,” said Sister Louise.

The middle school students set the tables for their parents, greeted them when they arrived, and seated and served them as part of the Manners to Go program.

“We were thrilled by the tremendous support,” said Sister Louise. “It shows how much our parish and community support our school and want to help us keep our school strong and move into the future.”

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018