Maria Regina High School Students Address Humanitarian Crisis in Ukraine
Maria Regina High School’s students answered the call last Thursday by raising and donating $1,667 in a single-day drive to help Catholic Relief Services address the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.
The initiative by the students of the renowned all-girls Catholic high school was led by the Maria Regina CRS Club. Last November, Maria Regina became the first high school within the Archdiocese of New York to establish a CRS Club. The Club supports the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to more than 140 million people in more than 100 countries, according to CSR, www.csr.org.
Dr. Valerie Torres, Campus Minister, said: “Our students were deeply moved, as we all were, by the unimaginable suffering of millions of Ukrainians, many of whom were made refugees virtually overnight,” adding: “They understood the critical importance of supporting the CRS sudden emergency mission to provide sustenance and shelter for so many who have been displaced, many of them children.”
The students also created a memorial to the Ukrainians that is located in the lobby of the school. It comprises a draped pedestal comprising seven illuminated candles and a large circle with a blue background and gold heart rendered in the colors of the Ukrainian national flag. “It is a daily reminder of the need for continuing support and prayers for the suffering Ukrainian people,” noted Anna E. Parra, President.