Angels are changing our world! The Academy of the Holy Angels’ “School Sisters of Notre Dame” (SSND) education inspires young women to be global citizens with a moral compass. Holy Angels’ nationally acclaimed STREAM curriculum (STEM blended with art and religion) is infused with the SSND vision of working toward peace, justice and the integrity of all creation.
ANGELS ALWAYS FIND A WAY
Angels awaken to their responsibility to serve and have invested thousands of hours cleaning the environment, performing music for senior citizens and growing vegetables for a food bank. Others repair homes in West Virginia, restore hurricane-damaged areas of Puerto Rico or fundraise to assist the people of Haiti and Ukraine.
The SSND tradition guides each individual to reach the fullness of her potential and share her gifts with others. AHA Exclusives include a bespoke critical-thinking course hosted by Oxford University, Angels Advantage internships and access to inspirational United Nations programs thanks to the School Sisters’ NGO status.
While volunteering at the Humanitarian Respite Center (HRC) in Texas last summer, AHA volunteers noticed the scarcity of shoes available to people in need. The travelers shared this need with their peers, who donated 466 pairs of shoes to the HRC.
BECOMING LEADERS THE WORLD NEEDS
A 2023 graduate earned AHA’s inaugural Carol Fay Social Justice Award. The recipient completed an ACLU-sponsored course, and is now an aspiring civil rights attorney. She is immediate past-president of AHA’s PowerBack chapter, which promotes healthy relationships.
The SSND spirit is also evident at AHA Middle School, where eighth graders created interactive bulletin boards highlighting civil rights leaders, calling for an end to racism and antisemitism and exploring the challenges immigrants face.
This fall, the girls joined the Upper School’s walkathon to help bring service dogs to veterans. Some of the youngest Angels are a voice for female scientists whose work has been minimized or stolen. Under the mentorship of a Columbia University professor, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) members conducted experiments developed by the late teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe and raised awareness about women in science. WISE also presented research projects at Columbia’s STEAMnasium.
Angels not only become the leaders the world needs most—they are already showing others the path forward.
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