St. Michael’s of the Valley, Ligonier, sponsors a Backpack/School Supply Project for students attending The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh.

Parishioners eagerly take one or more of the 80+ book bags and fill them with the necessary back-to-school supplies. The popular drawstring bags, purchased through the Outreach Commission are imprinted with the school logo and in the school colors of navy and orange. Each bag includes a hand written note of encouragement to the student.

St. Michael’s works with the school to make sure the students receive the supplies they need. Thanks to the efforts of our Outreach Commission, the project now in its third consecutive year, is fine-tuned and runs quite smoothly.

The Outreach Commission reported that it was a delight to deliver the backpacks during school orientation on August 30th. “The students were excited to receive their supplies and showed genuine appreciation.”

The Neighborhood Academy is a faith-based independent, college-prep high school for low-income youth in Pittsburgh. They strive to break the cycle of poverty through higher education. We are pleased to partner with The Academy by providing financial support, offering a college scholarship to a graduate each year, and by doing hands on projects such as the backpack/school supplies and preparing and serving meals to the students and faculty.


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