Jan 9, 2013 19:31 N.O. school briefs Gallery for Dec. 27, 2012 N.O. school briefs Gallery for Dec. 27, 2012 Photo provided by Cabrini High School -- Members of the Campus Ministry student team at Cabrini High School pose with some of the gifts collected for the Christmas Adopt-a-Family program. From left are junior Rachel Morris, Metairie; senior Ashlyn Murray, Belle Chasse; junior Sarah Ulmer, Metairie; senior Morgan Meyers, Chalmette; senior Jodi Mistretta, New Orleans; senior Alyssa Bienes, Metairie; and senior Shea Stire, Kenner. Advocate story Jan. 09, 2013 Comments Cabrini High adopts 17 families for holiday Cabrini High School students, faculty and staff adopted 17 families to assist during the Christmas season as part of Archdiocese of New Orleans’ Catholic Charities Adopt-A-Family program. Each year, the Cabrini High School students adopt needy families to assist for Christmas. Students bring in presents that are appropriate for their adopted families, items such as gift cards, toys, books, bikes and more. Students adopted 12 families. The Cabrini faculty and staff also participate in the program and adopted five families from McDonogh 15 Primary School this year. Two or three departments adopt a family jointly and work together to bring gifts for their family. Cabrini’s Campus Ministry and the religion department coordinate the school’s efforts. “It’s important for us as a Cabrini High School community to realize how much we have, and that we can ‘pay it forward’ this Christmas season,” said Adam Ganucheau, campus minister. “Many of the families are suffering from job and family losses, while some have sick or disabled family members. Following the spirit of Mother Cabrini and her core values of respect, excellence and service, and in the spirit of Christmas, we wanted to do all we could to make this holiday a special one for these families.” Robotics team places2nd in competition The St. Dominic School Dragons Robotics Team won the Champion’s Runner-Up Award at the Louisiana State Competition recently. Sixty teams from Louisiana competed, and the Boogie Woogie Robotics Team of Company St. D was second overall. The team performed well in all categories: robot performance, robot design, teamwork and the research project. The team fully embraced the FIRST LEGO League Core Values while achieving excellence in innovation in both the robot game and the research project. Members are Allison Weinbecker, Katherine Belleau, Mia Macaluso, Tristan Cole, Meagan Morici and Josh Macaluso. The coach is Theresa Saacks. Students donate $26,000 to center Students from Haynes Academy, Cabrini, Chapelle, Dominican, Mount Carmel and Ursuline schools presented a combined donation of $26,000 to benefit the Breast Care Center and the Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center at East Jefferson General Hospital recently. The money was raised at the schools’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising “Pink Games” in October. Students brought in donations by selling volleyball game tickets, T-shirts, brownies and more. The amount was the most raised since the Pink Games started in 2009. The donations were accepted at a ceremony held by the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation. Saints players, group honor students Each year Gifts4GPA partners with New Orleans Saints players to honor students with grade-point averages of 2.5 or higher for their scholastic achievements. This year, fifth- through eighth-graders from Benjamin Banneker Middle School, Alice Harte Middle School, Medard Nelson Charter School and Martin Behrman Charter School were honored. Lance Moore, Roman Harper, Malcolm Jenkins, Joe Morgan, Johnny Patrick and Cam Jordan hosted a program and shopping experience for the students. Gifts4GPA is an education-oriented Christmas program that honors students with a GPA of 2.5 or higher for their scholastic achievements. The program emphasizes grades, perfect attendance and academics, and encourages students to work hard and stay focused on their studies. Alvianne Brule is founder and president of Gifts4GPA. Executive vice president is Alva Brule and vice president is Trenise Harris. Other board members are Tirza Hendricks-Williams, Christina Hughes-Green, Tiffany Joseph-White and Lynnique Chopin. Compiled by the New Orleans bureau. Send school news to firstname.lastname@example.org.