Since 1988, Rotary International has joined forces with it’s partners, governments and communities around the word to reduce the cases of Polio by 99.9%. With just one-tenth of one percent to go, the Interact Club members, students, faculty, and staff of Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA), held a Purple Day to raise funds in support of this important cause.
“In addition to raising funds, the students wanted to raise awareness of this disease and the fact that it still exists,” said Sr. Margaret Curcio, D.M. and OLMA Interact Adviser. “Thanks to their efforts, nearly everyone in the school on Friday came dressed in purple, which I learned is the color used to mark the pinkies of children in third-world countries once they are immunized.”
Students also promised to lend their support by placing a purple hand print on a large banner that now hangs in the school’s cafeteria. Together, the school raised more than $300 — a gift that will be matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in support of Rotary’s Polio Plus program.
According to facts provided by Rotary International, there are only three countries where polio remains endemic — Pakistan, India and Afghanistan. Unless the disease is completely eradicated, within 10 years we could see as many as 200,000 new cases each year, all over the world.
Congratulations to OLMA Alumnae, Giana Anglani (left) and Katie Baker on being named to the Seton Hall National Honor Society! Way to show your OLMA pride!
On the afternoon of Monday, May 1, OLMA Senior Madison Hagerty made history. Not only was it her birthday, but she also celebrated her 100th hit as an OLMA softball player — the first ever to earn this honor. Congratulations Madison!
OLMA Sophomores went “Outward Bound” on Tuesday, May 3. The experience resulted in a combined lesson on sisterhood, teamwork, perseverance, and leadership. Along the way, they strengthened their bond as friends — and had a blast. Here are some photo highlights from their day on campus.
If ever there was an example of “girl power” at work, it was at the annual Trading Day Stock Market competition held at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ. It was there on Friday, April 28, that the team from Our Lady of Mercy Academy was the one to beat amidst a nearly all-male playing field.