Mercy McAuley High School is pleased to announce the launch of The Ann Buenger Ardú Program, made possible by The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation. The Ann Buenger Ardú Program will provide transformational opportunities to students who may be facing complex life challenges both inside and outside of school – opportunities that foster holistic personal development, better preparing them for academic success in high school, and ultimately, for college and rich, rewarding lives. The word Ardú is the Irish word for “rise,” which as an acronym in this case defines the program as “Route to Individual Success and Excellence.” The Irish word is a nod to the common Irish heritage of both Ann Buenger and Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.
“We are incredibly grateful to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation for providing Mercy McAuley with the funding to support this very unique, and very necessary program,” says Patty Ragio, President, Mercy McAuley High School. “Ann Buenger’s passion for helping women achieve success is very much aligned with the mission of our foundress, Catherine McAuley. At Mercy McAuley, student success is our top priority, and we know that care for a student’s whole self is necessary for her to be successful. This invaluable program will provide an extra level of care for students, guiding them on their path to personal success.”
“We believe this new and innovative program at Mercy McAuley is well-aligned with Ann’s vision and lifelong passion of supporting and nurturing young women to their fullest potential, while also developing strong future leaders. We are proud to honor Ann by supporting the Ardú Program,” says Alma Helpling, a McAuley alumna and Senior Advisor to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation.
Over the next few months, Mercy McAuley will work with an expert in the field to define the program’s specific services. A search will also begin for the program’s director, who will be a licensed school social worker or therapist, to enhance the school’s ability to address the increasingly more complex and individualized social and emotional needs of students. The director will guide the program’s students to success during their high school experience in collaboration with teachers, counselors, administrators, intervention specialists and other external resources. A team will be meeting in the coming months to solidify the details and plan for the program’s launch later this academic year.
Pictured above, from L to R:
- Mike Keating, Board Member, The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation
- Patty Ragio, President, Mercy McAuley High School
- Connie Kampschmidt, Principal, Mercy McAuley High School
- Alma Helpling, Senior Advisor to The Clement and Ann Buenger Foundation