On Friday, October 26, a National Blue Ribbon School turned pink! Our Lady of the Lake School raised $291 for the Minette Grosso McKenna Angel Foundation (Minette’s Angels), a local charitable foundation that provides comfort and support to women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer and their families. OLL students of all grade levels paid at least $1 each to put aside their uniforms for a day and wear pink or red clothing of their choice. Some students went to great lengths to maximize their pink!
Beth Grimes, the third grade teacher at Our Lady of the Lake and an active participant in Minette’s Angels, accepted the contribution on behalf of the foundation. Eighth-grade students Jack Waldron and Michael Mughetto presented the day’s collection to Mrs. Grimes at an impromptu school assembly at the end of the day. School principal Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan, O.P. presided at the assembly.
Minette’s Angels provides home-cooked meals, gift cards to grocery stores and local restaurants, and cleaning services for the families of local women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The foundation tries to ease the stress that breast cancer can cause within families depending on the needs of each individual family. In addition, Minette’s Angels also offers a scholarship to a local student who chooses enter the medical field because Minette McKenna, the person who inspired the group, was a nurse.
Our Lady of the Lake School is a 2011 National Blue Ribbon School. The school provides a quality personalized Catholic education open to all families, and the school draws families from all over suburban Essex County. Our Lady of the Lake offers Pre-K3, Pre-K4, full-day Kindergarten and Grades 1 through 8. Interested parents and families can visit the school’s Web site or call 973-239-1160.