Once again this school year, SMS students are fully embracing the mission of our Exemplary Recognition school community “to learn, live, and love through Jesus.” A major element of that mission and the faith we celebrate each day is engaging in a life of service and ministering to those in need. This service and ministry outreach takes many forms, and often involves traditional grade-level projects or multi-age activities. It can also be in response to a specific need or in connection to the multicultural diversity efforts of our school community.
Such was the case for several very successful recent school community fundraisers. Following the horrific earthquake in Haiti, Miss Mary Anne Mullaney’s K-5 students, Miss Emily Schmidt's 1st grade class and Mrs. Mary Kuhnmuench’s 2nd grade class were moved to action. As part of the annual K-5 tradition of putting on the “SMS Circus,” Miss Mullaney and her “cast of clowns and circus entertainers” asked those in attendance for a small donation in lieu of the normal “price of admission” (it is free of charge!). The result was nearly $500 in donations for the people of Haiti. Miss Schmidt along with Mrs. Barry's first grade class organized an all school "read-a-thon." Students asked friends and family to sponsor them while they read. Mrs. Kuhnmuench and her 2nd graders decided to sponsor a school-wide bake sale during the lunch hour. The response to the request of students for home-baked goodies was so significant the bake sale needed to run two days (not the one intended). As a result of their baking talents and enthusiastic sales efforts, the 2nd graders raised nearly $1,400 for Haitian relief. All in all the St. Monica School community was able to give a check for the total of $3,202.35 to Catholic Relief Services.
During Catholic Schools Week, the entire St. Monica School student body community got excited for the fun competition offered by a school-wide “Penny Drive.” All classes “competed” against one another to see who could raise the most money throughout the week, with the proceeds being earmarked for the school’s Ugandan charity focus. The St. Monica School Student Council Executive Board, along with SMS Jr. High teachers Mrs. Maribeth Naleid and Mrs. Jeannie Cameron, spent their lunch hours each day counting the coins. The goal was $1,000 – and St. Monica School students responded in full force, working to raise almost $3,000! Additionally, during the week St. Monica School students were asked to bring into school gently used or new books for the Ugandan charity, with hundreds of books being collected for students in Ugandan schools.
These inspirational fundraising and supply-raising efforts illustrate how committed our student, staff and school families are to positively impacting others by leading a life of service, sacrifice, generosity, and selflessness. We are proud of them for their efforts!
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