News Updates

  • Holy Cross Classics Major is 2nd Ed Center Jesuit Volunteer

    It is my goal after my year of service at the Education Center to continue to do work related to education—even if not directly with students. Whether this takes the form of working in academic publishing, continuing with another non-profit, or perhaps entering the classroom, I can’t yet be certain. In the meantime, I am so excited to share my own passions for reading, writing, board games, and sports with the Education Center.

    Published on October 1st, 2020 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »

  • Education Center JV Is An Aspiring Pediatrician

    My name is Jackie Kirsch and I am one of the youth coordinators at the Education Center. I graduated from the University of Notre Dame this year, and majored in Neuroscience and Behavior with a Pre-Med focus. I enjoy basketball, hiking, cooking, and fitness. Through my Neuroscience major, I learned about the developing brain from birth through adolescence. I am passionate about supporting children’s social and academic needs to ensure healthy brain development, so that they can be successful in the future.

    Published on September 18th, 2020 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »

  • Three Jesuit Volunteers Brave Pandemic To Help FSHD

    FSHD enjoys a special partnership with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, which each year connects us with an extraordinary cohort of college grads who commit to one year of post-college service on the front lines of social justice while living a modest life in apostolic community with other JVs. Learn more about the amazing young people who have volunteered to advance the mission of FSHD during the 2020-2021 program year – despite the ongoing danger presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Published on September 1st, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Summer 2020 Education Program Update

    FSHD is continuing to deliver services and keep the children who attend the Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center on the track to success, despite the switch to remote learning that will likely continue into the 2020-2021 school year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Experts are deeply concerned the shift to remote learning will widen persistent achievement disparities across income levels and between white students and students of Black and Latino heritage. Studies show that four out of 10 low-income children only accessed remote learning once a week. Our staff worked hard to ensure this didn’t happen.

    Published on August 11th, 2020 in Fair Share Housing Development | Read more »

  • Creating a Virtual Safe Space for Our Kids

    The staff at Margaret Donnelly O’Connor Education Center has been grappling with how to best support our children through the COVID-19 pandemic and the burgeoning 21st Century Civil Rights movement. Too often, we adults underestimate the impact of these challenging times on our youngest citizens. Students are being bombarded with news and information from TV and social media about serious topics including illness, social justice, and racism, yet they may be unable to process it all.

    Published on August 5th, 2020 in Margaret Donnelly O'Connor Education Center | Read more »