Give and Paint: Holy Cross Seniors are Painting Parking Spaces to Give Back to their School

by Steven Sciaraffa

On November 2, 2021, seniors at Holy Cross High School, along with family and friends gathered in the parking lot for the start of a new tradition. Members of the Class of 2022 who made a contribution of $22 or more to the Annual Fund got the opportunity to paint their spaces in the student parking lot.

The Annual Fund contributions will go towards the revival of the class gift, which has not been done at Holy Cross since 1985. The Class of 2022 will use the funds raised to purchase their gift to Holy Cross. “We think it’s important for students to understand the importance of giving back to their alma mater,” said Terri Ann Parks, Director of Enrollment Management. “We rely on the generosity of our alumni. They are instrumental in all of our philanthropic efforts.”

The event empowered students to support Holy Cross and future Crusaders. “Their validation of the school is probably the best thing I can ask for,” Dr. Thomas C. Pellegrino, President remarked. “The thoughtful decision to give of themselves and their resources makes our community better.”

Students also reflected on other Holy Cross values, like “feeling accepted,” said Chase Zaccagnini ‘22. “Everyone felt comfortable expressing themselves and their art,” acknowledged Brooke Ferrare ‘22.

“In addition to this being a learning experience about philanthropy,” said Mrs. Parks, “It was a chance for the seniors to bond as a class. We started a new tradition that I hope continues for many years to come.” Students like Chase Zaccagnini echoed this sentiment, “It was about connecting with friends and family and having them around to help.”

Paint and supplies were donated by Bushka Lumber & Millwork, and The Home Depot via Haddy Jobe ‘22.

Holy Cross plans to carry this event on next year, as well; establishing a tradition that embodies the mission of inspiring students to give back to their community and foster environments where people feel accepted in their creative expression.

 

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