* School of the Holy Childhood, which serves children and adults with developmental disabilities, was one of 37 local nonprofits to receive a total of $1.145 million in grants from the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation. The school’s grant will be used to pay for a supported employment program that will include a rehabilitation specialist to help students find jobs outside of regular school hours, individualized instruction about their jobs and plans to help them use transportation to get to the job site.
* First-graders at Christ the King School in Irondequoit participated in a May Crowning ceremony at St. Ann’s Home on May 1. The students performed three liturgical dances, greeted residents with flowers and two students crowned a statue of Mary. Following the ceremony, the students introduced themselves to residents who were seated in St. Ann’s Chapel.
* Popular Mechanics recognized a robotics team from McQuaid Jesuit High School that competed in the international FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis April 25-28. The McQuaid team was highlighted in a top-ten list of "All-Star Robots from FIRST 2012" for its problem solving and its willingness to share its solution with its competitors.
* St. Joseph School’s third- and sixth-grade students recently donated quilts they had made by hand to children receiving special care at Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong. The annual quilt-making project has been taking place at the Penfield school for 20 years.
* Fifth-graders in Debra-Ann Eveland’s class at Christ the King School in Irondequoit built engineering projects as part of studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Students were able to choose to build a gumdrop dome, a hoop glider, a puff mobile or a paper tower, and were assisted by volunteer Michael Carnahan.
* Sixth-graders from St. Lawrence School in Pittsford performed a Living Stations of the Cross April 4 at St. Ann’s Chapel, Rochester, for the seniors who live at St. Ann’s Community.
* In April Rochester’s Aquinas Institute began participating in a nationwide "chain reaction" of kindness and compassion called Rachel’s Challenge. The challenge, a bullying and violence abatement program, was founded by the family of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the 1999 Columbine shootings. The challenge, which has a yearlong curriculum, aims to make permanent, positive cultural changes in schools and communities by accepting the challenge to start a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
* Nearly 275 teachers, administrators and school officials from several Mercy High Schools met at Our Lady of Mercy High School in Brighton April 27 for a first-ever in-service day for prayer, community building and sharing ideas. Participating schools were Our Lady of Mercy; Notre Dame High School in Elmira; Mt. Mercy Academy in Buffalo; and Mercyhurst Prep in Erie, Penn.
* Sixty members of the Legion of Mary from nine praesidia of the Rochester Diocese gathered at the Holy Trinity Church in Webster March 25 to renew their pledges of love and service to Mary, the mother of Jesus, at their annual Acies Ceremony. Members of the Legion of Mary meet twice a week to pray and report on apostolic work done. Members visit families, the sick, those hospitalized or in nursing homes, and participate in parish-sponsored events. Father William Leone, diocesan spiritual director, presided over the ceremony.
* Sixth-graders from Nazareth Hall Elementary School donated more than 450 books to Flower City Habitat for Humanity families. The books were donated to Habitat’s family library, which is open to all children whose families have been accepted into the Habitat program. Families must earn 450 hours of sweat equity into their Habitat home, and children can help their families earn hours by reading books and writing book reports.