Make a difference in the life of a child! Help raise funds for 2 New Orleans schools, St. Michael Special School & The Good Shepard School! The final donation amount will be split evenly between both schools.
The mission of St. Michael Special School is to provide a Catholic environment where students with special educational needs are able to grow in faith and reach their full potential – academically, socially, and physically. Programs are designed to educate students age six through adulthood with mild to moderate special needs. The school is unique in that it provides for the development of the whole child through purposeful academics, a wide range of elective opportunities, and numerous social events.
In the mid-90’s, as pastor of Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church in the Central Business District of New Orleans, the late Father Harry Tompson, S.J., saw firsthand the effects of deep poverty on the New Orleans community and how that poverty held back not only individual lives but also the potential and growth of our city as a whole. Fr. Tompson knew that without love, opportunity, and the challenge to reach their potential, children living in New Orleans in poverty were destined to fall victims of their own communities and remain in the desperate cycle of poverty that had often gripped their families for generations. He knew the only way to truly address poverty was at its roots by providing our poorest children with the best education possible, and he knew that Nativity schools in other cities across the country were doing this with considerable success.With the determination and vision of Fr. Tompson and the overwhelming support of those who agreed that an intensive education was the best thing to give an at-risk child in New Orleans, The Good Shepherd School opened its doors to thirty children in the fall of 2001 and began to provide them with a unique educational opportunity firmly rooted in the Nativity model of education.