Our Lady Guadeloupe Catholic School is calling its partnership with Notre Dame De Sion a blessing. Now, the students will be able to learn on the same level as other children in the metro.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -
In a wonderful follow-up to a story first aired on KCTV5's It's Your Morning, a viewer saw the story of students at Notre Dame De Sion raising money for Our Lady Guadelupe of Catholic School and decided to get involved.
The anonymous contributor decided to match the students' donation, raising it to a total of $10,000.
The students made the check presentation at a pizza party on Tuesday and the student president of Notre Dame De Sion was filled with emotion when she heard about the anonymous donation.
"What? Are you serious?" Moira Quinn said before stepping away and wiping a tear from her eye. "I don't cry a lot, so it's really weird."
It is not uncommon to hear about schools holding major fundraisers to buy the tools they need to be successful. However, one metro school has raised thousands of dollars that they won't ever see or use.
Our Lady Guadelupe Catholic School is calling its partnership with Notre Dame De Sion a blessing. Now, the students will be able to learn on the same level as other children in the metro.
If a student tries to start one of the 25 computers at Our Lady Guadelupe of Catholic School, chances are they will be waiting.
"I don't know if we're actually going to be able to log in or not. We might be sitting here for a minute. It has been six minutes, and I still can't log in," said Joe Schramp, principal at Our Lady Guadelupe Catholic School.
Handwritten notes tell students which computers to not even bother with.
"Kids can't use the math and reading program that they purchased for the school. (It has) been hurting the students that they can't use the computer lab," Schramp said.
The Catholic school serves low-income children in the urban core. Any funding it gets from the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese goes toward student scholarships and paying teachers.
Computers are a luxury, and they have been waiting for new ones for years.
"We didn't know where this money was going to come from," Schramp said.
The schools' prayers were answered when another Catholic school, Notre Dame De Sion, partnered with them this year.
During spirit week, students at Notre Dame De Sion raised $1,000 to fill up Guadelupe's food pantry.
"Their food pantry is literally for their students and families, so they can have food to go home with on the weekends," said Chris Broderick, head of school for Notre Dame de Sion.
But one student took it a step further with a type of fundraiser called "penny wars," where each grade competed to collect the most money.
"The bank had to extend their hours so that we could finish counting the money because it took so long to count it all," senior student body president Moira Quinn said.
They ended up with more than $5,000.
"I didn't ask them to do that. It was something totally innate to themselves. We don't have time in our academic studies to teach philanthropic studies, but they are obviously getting it," Broderick said.
Quinn said the focus at her school is centered on service and helping others.
"So whenever someone says help out, we just come running," she said.
Even though the money is not going to replace all the computers in the room, Schramp said if they can get 10 to 15, it is a step in the overall direction toward a better education to build a better future for their students.
Sion will present the $6,000 check to Our Lady Guadelupe on Tuesday and have a pizza party together. It will be the first time the high school students are meeting the students their fundraiser is helping.
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