JUNE 2020
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Holy Angels Students Bring Music & Meals to Senior Residences

Demarest, NJ: Over the past few months, Academy of the Holy Angels students who reside in Rockland County, New York, have been providing hearty meals and sweet music to local senior citizens and health care workers.

Just before Saint Patrick’s Day, Holy Angels sophomore Patricia “Patsy” Coleman arranged to send a video of herself singing “Too Ra Loo Ra Loo Ral” to the seniors at Tappan Zee Manor assisted living facility in Nyack.

“It brought a tear to many eyes and was such a gracious sentiment to our residents to know they were not forgotten,” Tappan Zee Manor Activities Director Pat Brady said.

Coleman, who resides in New City, has continued to share her music throughout the COVID-19 quarantine.

“What has also been very impressive about Patsy, beyond her gift for singing, is her thoughtfulness in her song selection,” Brady added. “She has consistently made it a point to tape songs that were more relatable to the ages of our residents, such as ‘Let Me Call You Sweetheart.’ Patsy clearly appreciates the power of her art and its ability to lift the spirits. For example, she also sang ‘Tomorrow’ (from the play ‘Annie’) to keep people inspired and looking forward to better days. It is always a wonderful surprise for us to see what she comes up with next and hear her lovely voice.

“In a time of so much uncertainty and worry, Patsy has provided a ray of light for all of us here.”

Coleman shares her singing and acting talents at Holy Angels, where she was recently inducted into the Thespian Honor Society.

Brigid Miller, a junior from Pearl River, New York, organized an effort to purchase and deliver a lunch for the staff at Sunrise Assisted Living in New City and Tappan Zee Manor. She worked with AHA classmates Emma DeMarco of South Nyack and Molly Brooks of Bardonia, and their friend Jackie Kilb.

“During the quarantine, we were seeing so many people helping essential workers at hospitals and hearing about the many COVID-19 cases in nursing homes. At the same time, we knew that several local restaurants were now struggling due to the quarantine. We wanted to do something to recognize and show appreciation for essential workers at nursing homes and support local businesses,” Miller explained.

She and her team set up a GoFundMe page called "Feeding the Frontlines: Our Nursing Home Heroes." By the beginning of June, the students had raised over $1,000 and made four deliveries to Tappan Zee Manor and Sunrise. The first of those deliveries came on Nurses Appreciation Day. These essential health care workers received platters of sandwiches, salads, and brownies. Miller said the goal is to deliver some food, including sandwiches, coffee and doughnuts, and pizzas, and every week.

“We will be able to deliver food to both homes a few more times this month due to generous donations,” Miller added.

Brady said it is heartwarming to see teens who take time to appreciate essential workers and care for the sick and elderly.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.

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