Today, Friends of Nano is a worldwide community of lay women and men who are committed, as Nano was, to ‘act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly with God’ (Micah 6:8).
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FON Action Updates
Cairde Nano Action for Ukraine
The 2nd year Cairde Nano Team in Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise, set up a Ukraine appeal for those in need of supplies. They wrote:
“We knew they needed multiple supplies including clothes, food and hygiene products. We asked teachers and students in our school to bring in as many of these supplies as possible”.
“We were very grateful for everything we got, and we were very surprised by the amount of supplies donated. Because of this the people in Ukraine will be able to take care of themselves and stay safe”.
“We did this by asking students and teachers to drop their supplies in to a room in our school, where we categorised all the items as well as packaging them all up for the local bus company who drove three articulated lorry loads of items from our school and from the Christian Brothers School beside us”.
Robyn O’Callaghan & Emily O’Driscoll
Multiple Acts of Kindness – By ‘Cairde Nano Team’
The aim of our ‘Cairde Nano Team’ is to promote Nano Nagle’s kind actions throughout our school. We meet weekly and plan various events,
like in the lead up to Christmas, where we made daily announcements and got every form to decorate their classroom door with a Christmas theme.
We marked Presentation Day with a new Nano Trail around the school, where students filled out a worksheet using clues randomly hidden around the school. This was fun! We also planted seeds for every form for our first CEIST Ceiliúradh Day. We have also aimed to carry out multiple acts of kindness throughout this school year.
‘Nano Nagle Kindness Award’
We wanted this to become embedded in the school so we came up with the idea of the ‘Nano Nagle Kindness Award.’ In 1st and 2nd year, students guided by their tutors, vote for the person they thought was the kindest at the end of each term. Then the tutors collected the votes and tallied them up. We created a certificate for presentation which is signed by the year head.
We have also created positive, kindness boards for the students and teachers in our school for different occasions, and we officially launched a drawing of Nano Nagle by a local artist, on a central window of the school It now has lanterns around the painting with encouraging and positive quotes for the students’ facing upcoming exams.
We were extremely grateful to meet Sr. Gabrielle. She told us all about her experience of training to be a nun and what made her want to become a nun. We were all really intrigued in learning about her life as a Sister. She has encouraged us to keep doing what we do best, being kind! (Also see our fundraising actions for Ukraine above).
We are very happy and proud of all the work we did this year, and we hope that the incoming second years will continue these good deeds throughout the school in the upcoming years.
By Robyn O’Callaghan and Emily O’Driscoll
Lillie O’Reilly, pbvm and/or Concepta O’Brien, pbvm
Friends of Nano (NEP) Ireland
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