NDES receives $10,000 donation

Notre Dame Elementary School recently received a $10,000 donation from the Soplata, Kraus, Murray and Braford families, which will help create the Nature Classroom, an outdoor learning opportunity for the elementary students.

The donation was made possible by Sister Mary Barbara Soplata’s history with the elementary school as an instructor since 1983 and her father, Walter Soplata, who had a lifelong collection of World War II and early Jet Age era airplanes. The sale of Mr. Soplata’s P-47 Thunderbolt provided the basis of the family’s donation to Notre Dame Elementary School. This P-47 did not actually serve in the war, but was on the production line when the war ended in September 1945.

After 50 years of collecting planes, Mr. Soplata felt it was time to begin to place them in museums. He sold six planes at the time of his retirement and asked that any remaining “plane money” be used to support his wife before he died in 2010. After Mrs. Soplata died in 2017, Sister Soplata and her siblings have continued to find homes for the remaining airplanes, including the sale of the P-47 that will help fund the school’s Nature Classroom, which will also serve as a place of prayer.

College planning on track

Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin School’s counseling department has shifted gears to keep the college-planning process on track during COVID-19 with effective virtual strategies to serve students and their parents.

On Sept. 10, the department hosted its Annual College Kick-off presentation via Zoom. Jenn Toomey, assistant director of undergraduate and graduate assistance at Case Western Reserve University, joined NDCL counselors to share information on the applications, essays, test scores, recommendation letters and other relevant topics.

Throughout the fall, the counseling department will facilitate virtual visits of representatives from colleges and universities throughout the country to help students learn about majors, campus life, scholarships and other opportunities.

Interested sophomores, juniors and seniors should register for the sessions through their Naviance accounts at least 24 hours in advance. Participating students will gather in the O’Brien Center, where NDCL counselors will be on hand to provide support and assistance as needed.

Knights offer scholarships

The Ohio Knights of Columbus Charity Foundation will award scholarships to students seeking assistance for Catholic high school tuition. Over the past 24 years, the Knights have awarded more than $750,000 to Catholic high school students throughout Ohio. An application form and additional details are available online at kofcohio.org/programs/scholarships.

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