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OLMA Receives $10,000 Award to Create Model Classroom

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OLMA Receives $10,000 Award to Create Model Classroom

One of 25 schools to receive a portion of Ocean First Foundation’s $250.000 program.

Our Lady of Mercy Academy’s (OLMA’s) efforts to raise awareness among its students of the many career opportunities available to women in business recently received a big boost thanks to a $10,000 award presented to the all-girls’ school by OceanFirst Foundation. OLMA was one of 12 elementary schools, seven middle schools and six high schools selected from 144 applicants to each receive a $10,000 grant for use in improving academic achievement.
OLMA will utilize its $10,000 grant to transform a Laptop Lab into a fully functional Center for Business and Collaborative Learning.

The classroom will be geared for primary use by juniors and seniors as part of a four-semester business education program. The program will focus on using hands-on and simulated learning to introduce and provide skills for use in business careers in which women are underrepresented, yet successful and in high demand.  As part of the initiative, OLMA will establish a DECA chapter and develop courses focused on business fundamentals, create a business specific Job Shadow Program, recruit alumnae and other women in business and related fields to  become part of a Business Speakers Series, explore dual credit and/or certification opportunities, and form an Advisory Board of experts. The room will be outfitted with a stock ticker display, collaborative furnishings and interactive learning tools.

“We are thrilled to have the support of the OceanFirst Foundation as we work to provide our students with every opportunity possible for them to discover themselves and explore the many career possibilities that await them,” said Brooke A. Coyle. “The more informed they are now, the better job they’ll do when it comes to selecting colleges and fields of study. We are incredibly grateful to OceanFirst Foundation and intend to make them proud.”

Thousands of students across Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, Middlesex, Monmouth and Ocean Counties will see improvements to their classrooms this fall as part of the $250,000 Model Classroom Grant Program. Since its inception, the OceanFirst Foundation has awarded 6,600 grants totaling more than $36 million to over 900 local organizations, charities and schools throughout central and southern New Jersey.

“OceanFirst Bank has built a solid reputation and legacy as a good neighbor and responsible corporate citizen,” said Christopher D. Maher, Chairman of the OceanFirst Foundation and President, Chief Executive Officer, OceanFirst Bank, who was joined at the presentation event by OceanFirst Foundation Executive Director, Kathy Durante. “Our commitment to helping families, organizations, schools and communities throughout central and southern New Jersey has spanned several generations.  Through the OceanFirst Foundation, we are proud to support these 25 outstanding schools and this wonderful educational program.”

Our Lady of Mercy Academy, located in Newfield, NJ, is South Jersey’s only all-girls’ Catholic high school. Through a challenging academic curriculum, diverse extra-curricular program, hands-on leadership experiences, and the spirit of sisterhood, our students are forever bonded in faith and friendship. For more information, call (856) 697-2008, or visit OLMANJ.ORG.

Play BINGO and Win Designer Handbags!

By | Alumni, OLMA Headlines, Support OLMA
Get set to play BINGO and WIN DESIGNER BAGS! It all happens on Friday, April 27 in Carew Hall. Doors open at 6 PM and tickets are just $30 each. To reserve your ticket or table (eight paid tickets required), contact Kathy Ryan at kryan62@verizon.net or Georgina Morrell at morrell1602@gmail.com. All proceeds will benefit the students of OLMA!

OLMA Graduate Named to NSCS

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Congratulations to 2012 OLMA graduate, Ashton Flora, on being named a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is currently attending Northern Virginia Community College where she is pursuing a degree in Radiography. Ashton is a recent recipient of a grant from the International Chapter P.E.O. Sisterhood, enabling her to continue her education after it was interrupted for a time. Congratulations, Ashton! We look forward to receiving additional updates.

OLMA Alumna Named to National Society of Collegiate Scholars

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Congratulations to our second alum this week! Tia DuPont, OLMA ’17, attends University of Miami and has been nominated for membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS). The NSCS is the preeminent honor society that invites and recognizes high-achieving first- and second-year college students across the nation. Less than 10% of entire student body is invited to join. Way to go, Tia!


By | Alumni, OLMA Headlines, Support OLMA
One Day. 24 Hours. 1,440 minutes. Think you can’t make a difference in that amount of time? Think again. On Tuesday, January 30, OLMA is joining schools nationwide in A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools! If there’s a Catholic School in your life, here’s your chance to say thanks.
Join us in this ONE DAY CHALLENGE to help generate as many donations as possible for OLMA from 9 AM on January 30 to 9 AM on January 31. Remember, just a dollar or two can make a big difference when we all give together. Join us as we TAKE THE CHALLENGE! #CSW18 #ManyGiftsCathEd Beginning on Tuesday morning, donate here: https://olmanj.giving.factsmgt.com/public/appeal/ncea/5345/2673