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New Rochelle Catholic Schools 'Make a Difference'

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Iona Preparatory School hosted its first Make a Difference Day in coordination with all Catholic high schools in New Rochelle.

Anthony Casella, director of campus ministry at Iona Prep , said the day served as an opportunity for students who normally compete against one another in sports to come together to serve the community.

“The kids jumped at the opportunity,” Casella said after a discussion with Edward Sullivan, principal of Blessed Sacrament - St. Gabriel High School .

Students from Salesian High School and The Ursuline School also gave their time to serve the community.

About 70 students from all the schools were divided into four groups for a day of Christian service at different work sites in New Rochelle and Yonkers.

Some worked with Habitat for Humanity and the School for Adaptive and Integrative Learning at Ferncliff Manor on construction projects. Others worked with Hope Community Services and its food pantry. Other students cleaned the field used by the New Rochelle Little League .

Blessed Sacrament seniors Paige Hefter and Kristina Malagiero were two of many students from the school who helped paint a fence green, the color of Habitat's "Habitat Green," at a park in Yonkers.

The two said that neighbors and park goers were in awe of the work they had done on the area with Habitat.

“It lifted them up” Hefter said.

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