Students Give Back To Community During Annual Service Day

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Junior Kelly O’Connor of Westfield prepares care packages for U.S. troops overseas along with members of her class during Mount Saint Mary Academy’s Service Day. (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

Junior Kelly O’Connor of Westfield prepares care packages for U.S. troops overseas along with members of her class during Mount Saint Mary Academy’s Service Day. (Photo courtesy of Mount Saint Mary Academy)

WATCHUNG – Students and faculty from Mount Saint Mary Academy engaged in acts of service throughout the state during the school’s annual service day on March 13. They visited hospitals, educational facilities, and food banks in addition to conducting activities on campus to benefit American troops overseas and the local community.

Members of the junior class prepared nearly 200 care packages for American servicemen and women containing everyday supplies and thank-you notes as part of Operation Shoebox. The organization was founded in 2003 with the goal of raising troop morale and providing practical assistance to military personnel while they serve abroad.

Mount freshmen helped coordinate a Special Events Day for students from the McAuley School for Exceptional Children, a day program for students with disabilities located in North Plainfield. The event was planned with the help of the Academy’s McAuley Kids Club, a popular campus group which works with the McAuley School on events throughout the year. The Mount gymnasium was transformed with a circus-like atmosphere and a variety of games for the children to enjoy.

The Mount community practiced service in numerous off-campus venues as well. Seniors assisted at the Hillside Food Bank while sophomores visited residents at McAuley Hall in Watchung and Sage Elder Care in Summit. They also assisted at Runnels Hospital in Berkeley Heights, Crossroads School in Westfield, and Life Choices in Metuchen.

Service Day is an essential component of a campus environment that upholds the core values of the Sisters of Mercy: justice, respect, integrity, compassion, and service.

Mount Saint Mary Academy is a Catholic, independent school which provides an exemplary college preparatory education for young women in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1908 as a sponsored work of the Sisters of Mercy, the Mount remains committed to challenging each student to develop her fullest potential in a Christian atmosphere of love and caring.


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