During this time of campus closure, students and teachers still have the desire to volunteer and help the community, although it is more challenging to do so in a safe and healthy manner. Nevertheless, here are a few examples of our school community doing its best to live out our motto of Serviam, I will serve.
On March 17, 2020 four members of the Ursuline chapter of Teenangels participated in Put Kids 1st, a livestreamed global summit originally planned to be held at Princeton University. The summit addressed crimes against children online and digitally-facilitated crimes against children. Presenters included leading law enforcement experts, mental health professionals, industry leaders, families, innovators, cybersafety professionals and policy experts. Our Teenangels joined Parry Aftab, a cybersafety and cyberlaw pioneer, to discuss protecting young people from the risks and realities of sexting and sexual exploitation online. Teenangels are volunteers who have been specially trained in all aspects of online safety, privacy and security.
In a different activity, on March 21, Ursuline families and friends donated non-perishables and made monetary donations to restock the pantry at St. Peter's – St. Denis Parish in Yonkers, which helps 380 families in need. We suggested families that may be out at the supermarket could stop by our school parking lot to drop off non-perishables. We did not suggest that families come out of their homes to come to Ursuline. Principal Rosemary Beirne was pleased to be able to bring groceries.
Still another collection was completed. Before the school closed, we had begun a Lenten drive to collect toiletries for the Jeanne Jugan Nursing Home in the Bronx. The Little Sisters of the Poor had asked us to collect personal care items such as mouth wash, shampoo, and soap to aid in the care of their residents. Sr. Pat Schifini, our campus minister, and President Eileen Davidson organized the items in bags outside, for delivery to the residents at the nursing home.