Archbishop Mitty High School received the top distinction as a Platinum Level School by Catholic Relief Services on April 5 at their annual Solidarity Dinner. It was fitting that the Archbishop Mitty community was recognized by CRS at this event, as it brings immersion trip participants, friends, and family together to share stories from trips and inspire all with what they have learned from their global experiences.
This past year, Archbishop Mitty has partnered with CRS through a Day of Peace all-school assembly, Fair Trade promotion during Advent, and advocacy work in Washington, DC. Recognized as a Platinum Level School, Mitty serves as a model and resource for other Catholic high schools in the region through its commitment to global solidarity through education, service, advocacy, and charitable efforts. Archbishop Mitty is the only high school in the Diocese of San Jose that participates in the CRS Global High School program.
Last year, the Archbishop Mitty community raised more than $12,000 for CRS Rice Bowl, a Lenten program that engages participants through prayer, learning, acting, and giving. This year, their dedicated efforts continue. 75 percent of gifts will support CRS’ humanitarian programs around the world, while 25 percent will remain in the Diocese of San Jose to support programs geared towards hunger and poverty alleviation.
Thomas Awiapo of Ghana, employee of CRS, came with a message of gratitude and shared his personal experience of how his life was forever changed after CRS came to his village and built a school. Growing up, Awiapo shared how he was not a fan of school, but starvation was a reality for him and his family. At school, he knew he would get a “little snack” – one that he later came to know, were from the funds raised by the Rice Bowl program.
Ken Preston, Relationship Manager in the West Region of CRS, presented the plaque to Tim Wesmiller, Director of Campus Ministry at Archbishop Mitty High School. Thomas Awiapo concluded by saying, “Thank you. Thank you for your service to humanity. Thank you for your service to the world. I know you do it a lot. A little snack makes all the difference.”