SMCS encourages the students to become sensitive to the needs of others in our parishes, local community, and the world.
We provide opportunities for response to this Christian awareness through service. Ever mindful of the glory of God's creation, we guide the students as they grow in appreciation of human dignity and diversity.
For twenty years the Saint Mary Catholic School Student Council has participated in the Salvation Army Christmas drive programs. In 2009 SMCS students adopted eight needy families through the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program. By participating in the read-a-thon and by collecting generous contributions from school families, the students raised $3,109, enabling them to purchase presents and grocery gift cards for the eight families. Thanks to the effort of our students and the generosity of our school families, many families through the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program had a much brighter Christmas.
Canned Food Drive
The SMCS community reaches out to those in need by contributing canned goods during the month of November to a local food bank.
Jump Rope For Heart
Sponsored by the American Heart Association, Jump Rope For Heart is an educational fundraising program that has students jumping rope while raising funds to support lifesaving heart and stroke research. SMCS families contributed $3,869.75 in donations in 2009.
Since 1985 Saint Mary Catholic School students have participated in Math-a-thon to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. Students participate by asking family and friends for pledges to solve math problems. Thanks to the generosity of SMCS families, $1,348.20 was raised in 2009 by our students.
Operation Rice Bowl
SMCS families reach out each Lent to assist people around the world who are facing hunger and additional hardships by offering prayers, by fasting, by learning, and by giving. Middle school religion classes take the opportunity to teach younger students about our neighbors overseas who need our help. Operation Rice Bowl is sponsored by Catholic Relief Services. SMCS families donated $688.30 to Operation Rice Bowl in 2009.
SMCS faculty and students read for 100 minutes in order to earn money to purchase Christmas gifts for needy families. Through total school participation in this READ-A-THON, this worthy endeavor enables our students to earn money to be used to make Christmas a happier time for families whom each grade adopts through the Salvation Army Adopt-A-Family program
The opportunity to donate your unwanted treasures and earn money for Saint Mary Catholic School happens twice a year, on the first Thursday in October and on the first Thursday in May. A grand event that surpasses even the largest yard sale, SMCS Annual Rummage Sales offer a service to the community and a successful fundraiser for the school. SMCS profited $12,364.22 from the sales during the 2008-2009 school year.
Sponsored and planned by the SMCS Student Council, Tag Days are opportunities for students to make charitable donations and to come out-of-uniform to a variety of needy causes: Mary Center, REACH, and Cancer Research.