The Student Council of The Academy of Our Lady of Peace School in New Providence (“AOLP”) recently explored ways to strengthen the school’s connection to its community. After considering many worthy causes, the student representatives committed to “adopt” a monthly cause in order to benefit the community as well their own educational and spiritual growth.

The Council began its mission as the students sought to understand the challenges and needs of children battling cancer.  The AOLP students responded with a fundraising event for St. Jude’s Hospital for Children. Not only did AOLP generously donate funds to this worthy cause, but the students also wanted a more personal connection to these young patients. They wanted to bring words of hope and encouragement to St. Jude’s Hospital. The students made lovely cards for the patients of St. Jude’s, which included heartfelt prayers and wishes for better times in the future.

The AOLP Student Council then discussed ways to demonstrate their support of the New Providence community. They decided to join the New Providence Police Department in its efforts to educate residents about the dangers of substance abuse. Once again the students responded with a fundraiser to provide direct support to those suffering from addiction, and donated the funds to Covenant House.  In addition, the AOLP middle school students planted tulips at Memorial Park. The students hope that when the flowers bloom in springtime, a dialogue about the dangers of substance abuse will take place again, reinforcing the awareness created by the New Providence Police Department campaign.

The students of The Academy of Our Lady of Peace are committed to living out their faith through action – a “win-win” for these dedicated children and the community as a whole.