NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- During a school assembly June 16, students at St. Jean Baptiste High School on Manhattan’s Upper East Side gathered to celebrate their "85 Acts of Kindness" movement.
Exceeding their initial goal to perform 85 kind acts in honor of the school’s 85th anniversary, they celebrated the completion of more than 800 kind acts, according to a press release. Tiffani Blake, dean of students for The College of New Rochelle, was the keynote speaker at the school's assembly.
At the college, Blake directly supervises areas and programs that enhance student engagement and campus life, including student activities and student leadership.
“As a community, you have tutored, mentored, and volunteered to help the homeless, elderly and individuals with special needs. You have helped at your church’s Sunday schools, and, as a person who suffers with food allergies, I loved learning that one of you made an enormous nut-free chocolate chip cookie for your cousin who is allergic to nuts,” said Blake, who was raised in Harlem, according to a press release.
“Though I participated in acts of service as a child through my teenage years, it wasn’t until I became a student at The College of New Rochelle that I truly learned the importance of community service and the positive impact I was making in the world,” Blake added.
In December, the all-girls Catholic high school launched "85 Acts of Kindness," a campaign that encouraged student teams to collectively perform 85 acts of kindness through the end of the 2014-15 school year. St. Jean Baptiste High School also encouraged faculty, administration, board members, alumnae and members of the community to participate, according to a press release.
“The program grew out of our desire to find a way to celebrate our 85th anniversary in a way that connects to the spirit of St. Jean Baptiste and our mission to develop young women of faith, service and leadership. The program received such an overwhelming response and the entire student body became extremely involved in ‘giving back,’” said Sister Maria Cassano, principal of St. Jean Baptiste High School, according to a press release.
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