Students at Grey Nun Academy Learn Through Charitable Giving


Monthly Service Projects are a Cornerstone of the Academy’s Mission to Benefit Local, National, and International Communities

August 10, 2016 -- Yardley, PA -- Grey Nun Academy, the only Catholic, independent elementary school in Bucks County, PA, closed its academic year with students participating in a community service project through a program called Backpack for Kids.

The charitable outreach activity was done in collaboration with St. Mary’s Hospital outreach program at Our Lady of Fatima School in Bensalem. Backpack for Kids is a national Feeding America® program that provides nutritious food for children in need across the United States.

Students at The Academy spent the afternoon stuffing bags with an assortment of non-perishable easy-to-prepare food items that they collected during the spring. Assembled bags were taken to a local food bank where they were distributed to children in need across the region.

This service learning initiative, led by Campus Ministry Director Jeri Fox, was a great success with a record amount of food items collected by the entire Academy community. “Our students worked very hard to raise awareness for this cause and to collect a variety of food during the spring semester,” said Mrs. Fox. “They were excited to be able to help other boys and girls get the nutrition they need to maintain their health. It is important for our students to directly participate in activities that help others and make a positive contribution in the world.”

Grey Nun Academy students participate monthly in outreach endeavors that benefit local, national and international communities and extend a helping hand to create a better tomorrow for those suffering from poverty and other societal ills. This charitable outreach commitment is a cornerstone of the foundation of the Academy’s mission to honor the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart and community foundress Marguerite d'Youville, Mother of Universal Charity.

“We are proud of how our students grow as life-long learners and empathetic members of their community, said Head of School Deborah Kost. “We ask our students to be curious about the world, challenge why things are the way they are, and discover ways to create new solutions. At Grey Nun Academy, we do more than prepare students academically. We guide them to be confident in their learning and leaders in service to the community.”

Backpack for Kids is sponsored by Feeding America, which has as its mission to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and by engaging the country in the quest to end hunger. For over 15 years, the Feeding America Backpack Program has been helping children get the nutritious food they need. Today, bags of food are assembled at more than 160 local food banks and then distributed to more than 450,000 children.

For information on Grey Nun Academy, including application requirements, please contact Lisa Grabowski, Director of Enrollment at Grey Nun Academy via telephone: 215-968-4151 or lgrabowski@gnaedu.org or via the school website at www.greynunacademy.org/admission/inquire.

About Grey Nun Academy

Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is the Catholic; independent, co-educational elementary school in Bucks County, PA for children in grades PreK3 through Grade Eight. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED. The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. To learn more, please visit www.greynunacademy.org or contact Lisa Grabowski at 215-968-4151.