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December 1, 2014: Saint Jean Baptiste High School, located in New York City’s Upper East Side, set out to achieve an ambitious objective.

The all-girl independent Catholic community rooted in the spirit of Saint Marguerite Bourgeoys, the foundress of the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, launched 85 Acts of Kindness, a campaign to celebrate its 85th anniversary. As part of a school-wide initiative, student teams divided by homeroom committed to collectively perform 85 Acts of Kindness throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Every time a homeroom team performed an act of kindness, they posted a picture of the activity on Instagram with the hashtag #85KindActs. The posts were then shared on the school’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and updates were featured on the school’s website.

“This is a perfect opportunity for our students to work together and celebrate our anniversary, while also staying true to our mission ‘to participate actively in the transformation of society for a more just world,’” said Sister Maria Cassano, Principal of Saint Jean Baptiste High School. “We’re encouraging students to perform a positive act that benefits the health, well-being, education, spirit or happiness of someone else. We can envision our initiative spreading throughout the community," she continued. "The goal is for our entire school to be involved in something positive and begin a Saint Jean Baptiste High School movement that will spread outside of our classroom walls."

June 9, 2015: During a school assembly, the key note speaker applauded the generous efforts and the praiseworthy results of this initiative. Students, teachers, the administration, board members, alumnae and faculty all joined in to give back and exceeded their objective completing more than 800 acts of kindness.

They tutored, mentored and volunteered to help the homeless, elderly and individuals with special needs. A student made sure to bake nut-free cookies for students with allergies. A teacher signed up to be a bone marrow donor and was a match for a patient. In short, the school community admirably succeeded in changing the lives of others.

“We couldn’t be happier to represent such a remarkable student body,” Sister Cassano stated. “We hope this initiative has made a long-lasting impression so that they carry on these kind acts throughout the rest of their lives.”

Saint Jean Baptist High School received wide attention and well-deserved praise. It was recognized for its spirit of collaboration and trust as well as for its sense of pride in its endeavours. Without exaggeration, this school fully lives up to the power superlative it received: The school most likely to show how girls #RUNTHEWORLD. Nicely done, Saint Jean’s!



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