Connelly Middle School
School of the Holy Child

Rye, NY

Holy Child Rye’s mission is to educate women of conscience and action. Through “Actions, Not Words,” we serve and help provide for the vulnerable members of our community.

On Saturday, May 4, the Holy Child Rye Middle School hosted a Breakfast Run to feed homeless people in Manhattan. Led by a group of our eighth grade students, our community explored the problem of homelessness as we prepared to serve breakfast coordinated by the volunteer organization Midnight Run. Midnight Run is dedicated to finding common ground between the housed and the homeless. It coordinates volunteers from churches, synagogues, schools, and other civic groups in the New York metropolitan area to share companionship with the homeless poor in New York City and distribute food, clothing, blankets, and personal care items.

Holy Child Rye has partnered with Port Chester Head Start for over 20 years to promote literacy through the Reading Buddies program. For the annual Book Share project, eighth graders from Holy Child Rye and Iona Prep solicited donations of gently used picture books to enhance the home libraries of the 233 Port Chester Head Start students. Proceeds from a Middle School ice skating party and Fun Run were used to purchase a new, bilingual picture book for each Head Start student. The eighth grade was all smiles as they brought the new and gently used books they had wrapped to Head Start, where they met up with the boys of Iona Prep and read to the pre-school students.