During Convocation on Tuesday, the Middle School and Upper School student bodies listened to presentations by the three Caritas finalists — Matthew Lewis ’27, Abbey Steiner ’27 and David Kleyner ’27. Caritas, Latin for “charity,” is an annual cross-disciplinary project between English and theology classes in which students create persuasive presentations to demonstrate how a charity of their choice aligns with and upholds the Gilmour mission and Holy Cross charisms in hopes of gaining the support of the community.
Each of the three finalists did an excellent job advocating for their chosen charity:
Matthew Lewis - Alzheimer’s Association
Abbey Steiner - Fill This House
David Kleyner - Good Sports
Their presentations were thoughtful, deliberate and authentic, and successfully raised awareness about the good work of these charities.
After Middle and Upper School students and teachers voted, the 2021 Caritas winner was Matthew Lewis and his charity, Alzheimer’s Association!
During his presentation, Matthew provided information about Alzheimer’s Disease and how it affects patients and their families, sharing his own grandmother’s 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He also discussed what the Alzheimer’s Association does to research the disease as well as the ways it provides support to Alzheimer’s patients and their families. Matthew’s presentation was well-researched and his passion for the cause was evident.
Typically, the winner’s chosen charity receives a $500 donation from Gilmour in the winner’s name. However, Matthew felt strongly that the charities presented by fellow finalists Abbey Steiner and David Kleyner were just as worthy and has asked that Gilmour’s donation be divided between the three charities. So, the Alzheimer’s Association, Fill This House and Good Sports will all receive donations from Gilmour!