October 1st, 2015
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia presented a $500 Community Impact Award to St. Lucy Day School for Children with Visual Impairments/Archbishop Ryan Academy for the Deaf. The CFGP staff presented the award to Sr. Lisa Lettiere, principal of the school, to be used towards their new digital reading program.
Operating together as one entity since 1996, St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan is a one-of-a-kind facility. While the children at St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan are suffering from mild to severe visual and hearing impairments, one would never know based on their positive attitude and tremendous work ethic. Each child at St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan is unique, but equally as kind, compassionate, and friendly. They welcomed the staff of CFGP with open arms, and were more than happy to tour their guests around their beloved school.
But their kindness does not stop with strangers. The children at St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan are also incredibly supportive of one another.
"Here, they help each other,” said Sr. Lisa. “They know what it feels like to get pushed around and teased, or can’t do something like everybody else can. They’re so compassionate to one another.”
St. Lucy’s also offers an impressive array of educational and assistive equipment for its students, including Braille embossers, screen reading programs, Braille maps and calendars, smart boards, raised diagrams, and more. They are also fully staffed with instructors who commit one-on-one time with their students in order to ensure faster, more effecting learning.
In order to accommodate the needs of students at St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan, the cost per student has climbed to $17,000.
CFGP is humbled to have had the opportunity to support St. Lucy’s/Archbishop Ryan. Congratulations to them on their Community Impact Award!