Brothers of the Christian Schools Provides COVID-19 Relief Grants to Member Schools

The District of Eastern North America donated $200,000 to Manhattan College and other member institutions.

delasalle_768x576.jpgThe Brothers of the Christian Schools District of Eastern North America (DENA) has provided Manhattan College $200,000 in assistance for the 2020-21 academic year, in the face of the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for the District of Eastern North America’s substantial grant during this extraordinary time,” said Brennan O’Donnell, Ph.D., president of Manhattan College. “This assistance — and the District’s forgiveness of our annual institutional assessment — is an excellent example of the strong association between the College and the District. The funds will help to ease the burden that our students, faculty and staff are bearing as we work to return to full operations.”

DENA provided grants to help each of its 34 ministries respond to emergency and unanticipated costs connected to the current pandemic, including but not limited to added costs to have facilities ready to receive students or financial assistance to students in need. 

"Recognizing that our Lasallian ministries do so much to provide for young people in need, we knew it was necessary to assist our institutions in these challenging times," said Brother Dennis Lee, FSC, Provincial / Visitor for the District of Eastern North America.

Manhattan College reopened its campus for the 2020-21 academic year on August 31, and is providing students with a combination of in-person and remote classes throughout the fall semester. 

The College required all students, faculty and staff to be tested for COVID-19 prior to returning to campus, or when they arrived on campus, and has provided regular, randomized testing to on-campus students and employees throughout the semester.

By Pete McHugh