Saint Mary’s School student finds personal way to support Ukraine

Greydon Lumelleau, a Grade 6 student at Saint Mary’s School in Ridgefield with personal ties to Ukraine, sprang into action when he learned of the country’s predicament. Lumeleau, an aspiring artist, quickly created an art portfolio which is sold at Audrey Road on Bailey Avenue.

Lumeleau explains: “I’m doing this to help Ukraine because one of my aunts is from Ukraine and I wanted to help her family who still lives there. My goal is to raise $1,000. I appreciate anyone who helps by purchasing a painting from Audrey Route.”

Funds raised from the sale of Lumeleau’s paintings will go directly to the non-profit International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian, relief and development non-governmental organization that currently provides food, medical care and emergency aid to the Ukrainian people.

“I give all the money I earn to rescue.org. And thank you to Mrs. Verrilli for allowing me to sell my paintings in her shop,” says Lumeleau.

Sales were quick and Greydon had to restock their original facility.

“Greydon has been a student at Saint Mary’s School since kindergarten. I’m not at all surprised that Greyden has taken action,” principal Anna O’Rourke said. “He has a good heart and compassion for others. In the true spirit of our Catholic faith, he supports those in need.”

Saint Mary’s is a nonprofit Catholic school serving 255 preschool 8th graders from more than 20 communities in Connecticut and New York. Reopened in 1996, Saint Mary’s School promotes academic excellence within a faith-based community. Saint Mary’s School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport and is located at 183 High Ridge Avenue in Ridgefield. For more information, visit www.smsridgefield.org and stay up to date with daily events by visiting their Facebook page here and Instagram page here.

*Image #2 shows Greydon Lumeleau with one of his masterpieces in front of Audrey Road, Bailey Avenue, Ridgefield.

Martha K. Merrill