No matter where you go, you can always find Bruins who give back to their community.
Padua MedTrack Director Laurie (Keco) Grabowski ’89 wanted to help Cleveland make a positive impression on the tens of thousands of visitors in town for the Republican National Convention. She and her husband attended the 2012 Olympics in London, and remembered being impressed by the volunteers there. Grabowski volunteered as a hotel greeter in Strongsville and Richfield during the RNC.
“I do think this was an historic event for Cleveland, and to say I had a part in it is very meaningful to me,” she said.
Grabowski learned the importance of serving her community when she attended Padua Franciscan High School, along with Marissa (Gaeta) Carcioppolo ’93, the Padua Alumni Association President. She collected a truckload of food and beverages for the police officers who worked hard to keep our city and streets safe during RNC week. She brought her 9-year-old twin daughters downtown and made a special delivery to the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association.
“For me, the reason I reached out is because of my Catholic, Franciscan upbringing of trying to help those in need. I really want my daughters to know that giving back and supporting those around us who need it most, is important in life,” Carcioppolo said.
Community service is part of our curriculum at Padua, but by the time our students graduate, it is part of their DNA.
- Freshmen volunteer 20 hours for school, parish and family.
- Sophomores make four visits to homeless shelters or soup kitchens.
- Juniors make eight visits to nursing homes or handicapped facilities.
- Seniors engage in an advocacy project in order to live out the values of Catholic social teachings.
Editor’s Note: Padua Franciscan High School does not endorse any political parties or candidates.