Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School Honored by Chamber of Commerce

June 16, 2009

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School (DBCR) will be honored by the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce for outstanding contributions to the youth of the community. The award will be presented at the Annual Installation & Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 16, 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Bethesda. DBCR student Sankun Barjolo, a rising junior, will lead the guests in the Pledge of Allegiance at the start of the ceremony.

Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School, located in Takoma Park, provides a college-prep education to economically disadvantaged students who would otherwise not be able to afford such an opportunity. Students participate in a Corporate Work Study Program where they earn money to defray the cost of their tuition.

“Through our Corporate Work Study Program our students are able to pursue the American dream of going to college,” said Alicia Bondanella, Executive Director of the program.

Barwood Transportation nominated the school for the award. “Through our contact with Don Bosco, we have become very familiar with the outstanding service the school is providing to these students and to the community,” said Kristina Bigby, Barwood’s Communications Specialist.

Bondanella will accept the award on behalf of the school’s President, Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB. “We are grateful to the Chamber for this award, and to Barwood Transportation, for nominating us,” she said. “Barwood has been very supportive in helping us get our students to work every day.”

The school is still seeking job opportunities for the incoming class. “Contracting with us is a win-win situation,” Bondanella said. “Companies get well-trained administrative workers and our students gain valuable experience and defray the cost of their tuition.”

More than 90 percent of all current employers rate their experience with Don Bosco’s student-workers a resounding success. “The key to our success is the support of local businesses that provide employment to our students,” Bondanella added. “If any local businesses would like to know more about our program, I encourage them to call me.”

Don Bosco Cristo Rey opened in 2007 and is the newest high school in the Archdiocese of Washington. The school is part of a successful national network of schools that started in 1996. Today there are 22 Cristo Rey schools across the nation. All schools use the unique Corporate Work Study Program in which students attend class four days a week and work one day a week. This fall, more than 240 young men and women from across the Washington metropolitan area will be enrolled at the Takoma Park campus.

For more information about the Corporate Work Study Program, please call Ms. Alicia Bonadella, 301-891-4750, x116.

Fr. Steve Shafran, SDB
Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School
[email protected]