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MILFORD – Lauralton Hall’s Outreach Program raised over $8,000 during the 2012-13 school year in support of local, national and international organizations that serve the needy.  Funds raised through class activities, club projects, service trips and dress-down days made a difference in the lives of children and families as nearby as Bridgeport and New Haven and as far away as Guatemala, Guyana, Appalachia and Africa.

Following is a list of organizations and projects that benefited from the program:

- The American Red Cross: The junior class raised $207.

- Builders Beyond Borders: Fourteen students traveled to Guyana, where they rolled up their sleeves and mixed cement, helping to build a bridge and a community center. In addition to covering their travel expenses, the funds they raised helped purchase construction tools and paid salaries of local workers.

- Catholic Charities: $225 was raised for Catholic Charities, whose mission is to promote the dignity, self-sufficiency and human potential of those in need.

- Catholic Relief Services: $103 was raised for Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl, a program where funds are used to alleviate hunger and poverty locally as well as supporting humanitarian relief programs in 100 countries worldwide.

- Friends of Chikumbuso: $425 was raised for this community-wide initiative to end the cycle of poverty through education and micro-enterprise.

- Get in Touch Foundation: In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lauralton Hall sponsored several programs including GIT Your Pink on Day. The entire Lauralton Hall community dressed in pink, raising $849 for the GIT Foundation, a Milford-based nonprofit organization committed to breast health awareness and education.

- Holy Family of Ashaniwa: The sophomore class raised more than $1,130 for this orphanage for girls in India.

- Make a Wish Foundation: The freshman class raised $482 to help grant wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions.

- March of Dimes: $425 was raised to support this organization dedicated to preventing birth defects and helping improve birth outcomes around the world.

- Mercy Beyond Borders: As part of Global Solidarity Week, over $1,000 was raised for this international organization that improves the lives of impoverished women and children by providing education, funding entrepreneurial projects and promoting maternal and child health.

- The Mercy Learning Center: Students in freshman and sophomore homerooms made Thanksgiving baskets for families at this Bridgeport-based organization dedicated to empowering and educating low-income women by helping them improve their skills and earning potential. Juniors and seniors also supported the center, raising funds to purchase gift cards.

- School the World: During February, 13 students, accompanied by Spanish teachers Pat Doerr and Bertha Maiese, spent a week helping build a school in Guatemala. The trip was sponsored by School the World, an organization dedicated to bringing the gift of education to children of the developing world. In addition to building friendships and classrooms, the students also raised money to buy building materials. "My greatest surprise was that I came here wanting to change lives and mine was changed instead," said Diamante McKay ’15.

- Smile Train: The senior class raised $364 for this international charity that provides cleft palate surgery as well as training to local doctors.

In preparing young women to become visionary leaders and active members of their communities, Lauralton Hall encourages students to become involved in at least one extracurricular activity or club. Following is a partial list of outreach projects the clubs spearheaded:

- The Environmental Club raised $709 for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Snare Removal Program. In addition to removing illegal chimpanzee snares from forests in Uganda and the Republic of Congo, the program covers education initiatives for local people related to the value of biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods.

- The National Honor Society collected more than 1,000 cans of soup that were donated to the Food for the People Pantry in Bridgeport and the Milford Food Bank. "The soup drive showed how the smallest offering – a can of soup – can make the biggest difference in assisting people in the community," said NHS Co-Moderator and English teacher Pam Boynton.

The Lauralton Hall community also raised more than $1,3000 for The Sandy Hook School Support Fund and $275 to help the victims of the Oklahoma tornado. In total, the Outreach Program raised over $8,000 during the 2012-2013 school year. For more information about Lauralton Hall’s Outreach Program please contact: Cat Urbain at: 203-876-7291, or


alertAt the Spring Assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Joseph Tobin suggested that a delegation ofbishops go to the border to see for themselves what was happening to newly arrived immigrants, families and children. On July 1 and 2, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops conference, and five other bishops conducted a pastoral visit to the diocese of Brownsville, Texas. Stops included Mass at the Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle with the community, a visit to anHHS/OBR Shelter and Mass for the families there, a visit to the Customs and Border Patrol processing center in McAllen, TX, and a press conference at the end of their visit. Catholic News Service accompanied the bishops on their border trip. 

  1. Backgrounder and analysis of the bishops’ trip to the border: Cardinal DiNardo told CNS, “You cannot look at immigration as an abstraction when you meet” the people behind the issue.
  2. At final press conference, Cardinal Daniel Dinardo said the church was willing to be part of any conversation to find humane solutions because even a policy of detaining families together in facilities caused “concern.”
  3. Bishops serve soup to immigrant families at a center run by Catholic Charities and listen to their stories. Scranton Bishop Joseph Bambera said he found hope in hearing the people in the room talk about what’s ahead. They didn’t speak of making money but of finding safety for their children, he said, driven by “the most basic instinct to protect your family.”
  4. At an opening Mass he Basilica of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle-National Shrine near McAllen, Texas, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville told Massgoers, “The bishops are visiting here so they can stop and look and talk to people and understand, especially the suffering of many who are amongst us,”

A delegation of U.S. bishops goes on a fact-finding mission at the U.S.-Mexican border to learn more about Central American immigration detention.

Following their visit to an immigrant detention center, U.S. bishops said they are even more determined to call on Congress for comprehensive immigration reform.