Pizza time: Mount students mentor Bishop Dunn fifth graders

February 10, 2020

The Bishop Dunn students pose with their Mount mentors

The Bishop Dunn students pose with their Mount mentors.

Mount Saint Mary College’s Student Government Association (SGA) celebrated their third month of mentoring the fifth grade class of Bishop Dunn Memorial School on Friday, February 7 with a reading of the children’s original poems, a tour of the Mount’s Hudson Hall, and an old-fashioned pizza party. 

In partnership with the college’s Student Activities office, Eddie Arnold of Southampton, N.Y., SGA president, and Joe Galasso of Plainview, N.Y., SGA vice president, led the session. Afterwards, they surprised the young students with their own Mount SGA t-shirts.

The SGA members first met the fifth graders of Bishop Dunn during the holiday season, when the Mount students donned festive sweaters and read “A Visit from St. Nicholas” to the children. The fifth graders also collected dozens of toys for the Mount’s annual Giving Tree, which donates holiday gifts to local children in need. This year, the Giving Tree event secured more than 1,000 gifts – the most the program has ever collected.

The young students enjoyed the experience greatly, Arnold explained, so “we decided to pick it up and run with it.” Future plans, he added, involve the Mount students leading the Bishop Dunn children in local service projects.

“I think they’re really getting a lot out of it,” he said.

Bishop Dunn is a Pre-K to eighth grade school in the Catholic tradition, located near the campus of Mount Saint Mary College. The school is committed to the academic, spiritual, emotional, social, and physical development of children, pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.

The college maintains a close relationship with Bishop Dunn. Mount Education students do fieldwork at the school, under the guidance of seasoned Bishop Dunn faculty. Many Mount grads go on to work at Bishop Dunn, including Principal Nancy Benfer ’04.