SHORT HILLS, NJ - In early September, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida, where many suffered terrible losses.  The students at St. Rose of Lima Academy in Short Hills wondered what they could do to help. Our principal, Mrs. Tina Underwood reached out to our sister school, St. Rose of Lima School, in Miami Shores, Florida to see if there was some way that we could help.  The vice principal of St. Rose in Miami Shores, Mrs. Celine Zigmont expressed her gratitude for not only reaching out but she also expressed an interest in our helping to replace the “Young children’s playground,” which was completely destroyed.

With the help of our Academy students and the Adolescent Faith Formation group of St. Rose of Lima Church, we were able to raise $1000. Principal Underwood conveyed “It is incredible how we can make a difference in the lives or others.”

As fate would have it, St. Rose learned of a direct connection between the two schools, when it was discovered that our very own sixth grader, Amelia Lisco’s first cousins Nicholas Arrieta, fifth grade and Lukas Arrieta, PreK  attend St. Rose in Miami Shores and that Lukas will benefit directly from the rebuilt playground. We cannot wait to see the preschoolers utilizing the students’ gift.