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NDP Named CRS Platinum Level Global High School
Posted 10/16/2017 03:42PM


Norma Valdez of Catholic Relief Services presents the CRS Platinum Level Global High School plaque to Mrs. Gjerstad for all the work our school has done to advance Catholic social teaching and service. Her husband and members of the NDP Christian Service League surrounded Gjerstad as she received the plaque on behalf of NDP.

Notre Dame Prep was recognized on Oct. 16 as a Platinum Level Catholic Relief Services Global High School, dedicated to advancing Catholic social teaching and compassion for the poor worldwide.

As a Platinum Level Global High School, NDP

  • Completed an Annual Survey
  • Participated in CRS Rice Bowl Program
  • Held two school-wide faith events
  • Participated in one additional Core Program
  • Serves as a role model and resource for other Catholic schools in the region
  • Serves as an advisor to CRS on the continued development of the Christian service program
  • Submit full descriptions of our Full School Events, lesson plans and resources for publication by CRS
  • Assists in monitoring and responding to the online forum of Gold Schools.

School-wide events include Eucharistic processions, Adoration, school-wide Rosary, or a build your own CRS event. The Core Programs include either a Food Fast (Simple Food Day), hosting a CRS Fair Trade Consignment Sale, advocacy for the voiceless, or helping with CRS Global Emergency Response. "To be platinum, we have to do one of these events," said Leslie Gjerstad, Director of Christian Service Learning. "We do all of them."

Norma Veldez works as the relationship manager for the southwest region of CRS. She provides all the materials and information Global Schools need to hold the school-wide and core events. "Leslie is like the Energizer Bunny," she said. "She is so organized and through her dedication, she moves Christian service from students' heads to their hearts."

Catholic Relief Services recognizes the vital role Catholic secondary schools play in the Church's mission of evangelization and catechesis in the United States. "At NDP, we are excited about our Platinum Level recognition as we continue to teach our students to be grateful and compassionate, and to serve as a role model for other high schools." Gjerstad said.

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