Each fall, Archbishop Mitty High School students embark on a variety of projects designed to help the local community. This year, two schoolwide drives provided food and supplies to low-income teens and families. Student-athletes also served the homeless in San Jose. Central to the Archbishop Mitty mission is the belief that everyone is made in the image and likeness of God. Service projects serve as great opportunity for students to internalize this important message and put it into action as they help others in their community.
This school year, Archbishop Mitty participated in several school-wide projects, including a donation drive to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. During Spirit Week, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors competed to see which class could raise the most money for Second Harvest Food Bank. Together, Monarchs brought in nearly $4,000, which will benefit low-income families living in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
Monarchs also participated in Teens for Teens, donating more than $5,500 worth of gift cards and supplies. Each year, the drive is led by students from the California Scholarship Federation, who promote the event on campus and then travel to the American Association of University Women’s warehouse to deliver donations and put tote bags together for local youth. This winter, Teens for Teens expects to create about 1,200 tote bags for teenagers living in Northern California.
Student-athletes participating in winter sports also took on projects to help low-income families in the community, with the men’s and women’s basketball teams gathering before Thanksgiving to put together sandwiches for the San Jose-based InnVision Shelter. About 25 students created more than 400 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, which went to homeless families living in Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Peninsula.
Finally, extracurricular clubs, such as Interact, also planned projects to help the marginalized this winter. Recently, club members put together bags containing water, healthy snacks, and socks for Sacred Heart Community Service to deliver to children. Co-curricular club members will also participate in volunteer park clean-ups and an evening prom for adults with special needs this school year. Each of the school’s students engages with the community in different ways during the holiday season, but all Monarchs share a desire to lend a helping hand to families in the Bay Area throughout the year.