Sacred Heart Catholic School students surround a check representing a $40,000 General Mills community grant to their school. The Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour stopped at their Pinellas Park school Feb. 19 to present the gift and promote the positive role Catholic schools play in the community.
PINELLAS PARK – The University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education stopped at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Pinellas Park Feb. 19 to meet with school and community leaders, present awards and honor local and national partners who support the movement for educational excellence.
The stop was one of 50 in the Fighting for Our Children’s Future National Bus Tour, a cross-country, year-long effort to raise awareness for the profound impact an excellent education can make on a child’s life, and to celebrate the unique role Catholic schools play as agents of human formation and social transformation.
Sacred Heart Catholic School, at 7951 46th Way N. in Pinellas Park, is one of two schools in the Tampa Bay area that partners with the university as a Notre Dame ACE Academies. The second is St. Joseph Catholic School in Tampa.
During the visit, Sean O’Grady, senior vice president of sales at General Mills, presented a $40,000 grant to Notre Dame ACE Academies, which will support students at the school.
“At General Mills, we believe not only in nourishing the lives of people who enjoy our products, but we also want to be a part of your community,” O’Grady said. “You should all believe that you can do great things one day, because you can. And that’s why we’re here.”
The event also included the presentation of a University of Notre Dame Sorin Award for Service to Catholic Schools to the Rev. Robert Lynch, bishop of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, which oversees the Notre Dame ACE Academies in Pinellas Park and Tampa.
“The ACE program has very seriously been a catalyst for us,” Lynch said. “It has been the yeast that has raised the leaven of Catholic education.”