This post was contributed by Annette Jones, Assistant-Director of Leadership Development and Ryan Lombardozzi, Social Media Coordinator at NCEA.
Since inception in September 2015, the NCEA Breakfast Club has been giving back to its member schools by presenting a book as well as a gift card to randomly selected member schools. The book, Gospels to Go: Guidance and Inspiration for Teachers by Melanie Svoboda, SND and the gift card to a local restaurant or bakery can be used however each school wishes.
Breakfast was wonderful! The Gospels book has been used at all of our weekly staff meetings, said Sandy Lonergan, principal at St. Luke School in Woodburn, Oregon.
Our Lady Queen of Peace School (OLQP), located in Richwood, Texas was a recent recipient of the NCEA Breakfast Club gift. Their staff decided to use part of the gift card to thank the local police department in which two eighth grade students delivered hungry officers Panera for breakfast. The remaining balance on the gift card was used to provide breakfast for the teachers at OLQP!
The NCEA staff members have been showing their pride in Catholic education. Each month, staff members have contributed a donation in order to participate in themed dress, such as favorite college or NFL team, Halloween colors, ugly sweater and favorite Catholic school or school colors. The NCEA staff have enjoyed these special dress days, but more importantly, have relished in showing appreciation to school staff members by giving breakfast and a prayer book to them.
Moving forward, during the first week of each month, NCEA will announce via social media that we are selecting the next school(s) to receive our NCEA Breakfast club gift! A post will be published on both Facebook and Twitter, and NCEA will randomly pick a member school to be the next winner. Make sure to follow us on Facebook at NCEAorg and on Twitter at NCEATALK!