The first semester of school for Saint Mary’s students has been marked by significant community service experiences. Students from Kindergarten through 8th grade have come together to support many organizations including Sacred Heart Community Services, Saint Vincent De Paul, Catholic Relief Services, and ministry partners in Equador.
Over the past two weeks, Saint Mary’s 6th graders have been living out a compassionate heart by serving others at Sacred Heart Community Service. The students spent time bagging groceries in the pantry and sorting clothes in the organization’s “clothing closet.” Students were able to directly assist clients, add a smile to their face, and many were transformed by that experience. The sixth grade class shared their experiences with school during their assembly focusing on “A Compassionate Heart.”
The 1st and 2nd grade classes, along with the parish, are currently participating in a food drive outreach program in support of Saint Vincent de Paul. Their canned food drive, entitled “YES, we CAN!!” is currently collecting canned food for their Thanksgiving Food Box Project.
In October, 8th grade students, led by Maddie Schmid and Kate Lally, coordinated a very successful, school-wide Halloween Carnival in support of Catholic Relief Services. Students were able to participate in Halloween games, a cake walk and a spectacular haunted house, raising $900 for donation!
On November 8th, the parish and school community joined efforts to support “Partners in Mission in Ecuador” with a Soup Supper. This dinner is a yearly event for our entire community and features simple delicious Ecuadorian soup prepared by Phil Micciche and his team. The Italian Catholic Federation lends its support with warm buttery bread. Dinner was topped off with homemade traditional Ecuadorian cookies. A highlight of the evening was when David Delgado (husband of one of the Saint Mary’s teachers) spoke about his father’s life growing up in Ecuador. Live Ecuadorian music serenaded guests as they shopped at the Ecuador Boutique. All donations and proceeds from the Ecuador Boutique go directly to our ministry partners in Ecuador.