St. Mary's Service Program is a vital part of the school. Students are devoted to integrating service into their busy schedules. Following the example of our school’s Founding Sisters, students participate in service throughout their tenure at St. Mary’s. Middle School students are asked to spend ten hours a year in community service, and High School students are encouraged to complete at least twenty five hours per year as part of their graduation requirement. It is part of our graduate profile to be a person committed to service. A student’s advisor keeps track of a student’s service and helps students work toward finding projects which fit their individual interests and skills.
In addition to individual projects, service is woven into our advisory programs, religion classes, and can be found in many programs at the school. Below are just a few examples:
- Mr. St. Mary’s Pageant
-Partnership with Kid’s Unlimited Charter School in Medford
-Thanksgiving food drive
- Casas de Luz
service trip to Mexico
-Working at St. Vincent dePaul
As a capstone project, seniors give a public presentation to panels of community members, board members, and faculty. These presentations reflect the connections between serving others and our school's mission, as students describe their service experience in high school and consider how they may make a dent in a local or global issue in the future.
Students wondering if a type of service is eligible should contact program director, Anne Adderson
. Service opportunities are posted on the bulletin board near the library, presented each module by advisors and are e-mailed home bi-weekly.
Service in Action
On August 29th, the small town of Wharton, Texas, was among the many areas that experienced disastrous flooding after Hurricane Harvey. Shortly after, Service Director and teacher, Anne Adderson, contacted various organizations, seeking ways to help the people of Texas. On Wednesday, September 6th, Mrs. Adderson was joined by fellow teacher, Lia Kirkpatrick, and recent St. Mary's graduate, Summer Keating, to travel to the small community of Wharton and an emergency center set up at Holy Family Catholic Church.
The three spent several days serving in the city of Wharton. Jobs included working in the church emergency center, distributing cleaning supplies, toiletries, bedding, food, and clothing to displaced families, and "mucking out" houses in a devastated neighborhood, removing debris, furniture, drywall, and flooring. Although there is still much work to be done, they are thankful to be able to serve the people of Wharton and look forward finding other ways to help in the future.