Notre Dame School of Dallas is celebrating 50 years of service to students with special needs. The school opened for the 1963 school year and remains the only independent school in Dallas specifically designed to meet the special needs of students with intellectual disabilities.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Notre Dame will be observing its Golden Jubilee with a series of events for students, their families, staff, friends and benefactors. The first event, the Jubilee of Service, was held on Friday, September 20. More than 100 students volunteered at seven area social agencies in groups of 12 – 30, and 50 students prepared packets for the homeless at school for the Brady Center that morning. Students volunteered at North Dallas Shared Ministries, North Texas Food Bank, American Red Cross, Methodist Regional Medical Center, Brady Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and CitySquare, completing tasks such as sorting and folding clothes, sorting food, making client case work packets, admission packets and soap kits for surgery, working on art projects for seniors and organizing donations for the thrift store.
Upcoming events will include the Jubilee of Faith, a mass and reception in October; the annual Affair of the Heart in November; the Jubilee of Learning during Catholic Schools week in January, and the Jubilee of Gratitude, a reception for donors in the spring.
Here are a couple of photos from the Notre Dame students at the Brady Center.