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Food Fight!

by cnewman

Mount Mercy Academy's Annual Spirit Week was more than just a competition to show which class had more school spirit - instead it was an opportunity to give back to our South Buffalo community. MMA Student Government and the Spirit Week committee of students developed the week-long event, FOOD FIGHT and students were proud to participate.

"The generosity of our MMA students generated a donation of THOUSANDS of food items and toiletries. The Food Pantry is extremely grateful for their benevolence," says Paula Barblock, science teacher at MMA. 

The rules were simple. Each graduating class was assigned a container to fill with non-perishable food items. Each class earned a point for each food item but lost points when opposing classes stacked toiletries in their bin. The food drive lasted four days and the students combined gathered over 3,000 items for the South Buffalo Community Table.

 "Sprit Week at Mount Mercy Academy is about more than school spirit or class spirit. The spirit of giving and the spirit of service to others are instilled in our students and they rise to those expectations without having to be prompted to do so. I'm very proud of them and this fantastic support of the community," states Principal Margaret Staszak.

"Mount Mercy has positively changed my life forever. Through the inviting community, I was able to grow as a woman, as a daughter, as a friend, and as a member of society. Throughout my time here I have gained an education in both academic areas and life in general through the school's ongoing efforts to educate students on gender inequality, racial injustice, and environmental crisis'. Furthermore, Mercy has given me the space to gain confidence that 4 years ago I never would have guessed I would have. Mount Mercy has helped me take that initial step toward becoming the strong woman of color I am today. At Mercy you are more than just a student, you are whoever you wish to be."

Melina Courtney

Class of 2022

"My future, success, and the ability to be an empowered woman in society come from Mount Mercy. My school is a strong foundation for my role in life. From attending Mount Mercy, I can say with confidence, that I will graduate with the mindset that I can accomplish anything. Mercy is my home and my sanctuary to be whoever I want. Mount Mercy has been bringing forth generations of strong intellectual women into the world, and I am more than honored to be one of them. Mercy teaches girls more than academics, but also about the world around us. As a mercy community, we give back to the world because it is our home. From my four years at Mercy, I have been educated on pushing for equality and peace and the understanding that there is no limit to what I can do. I have the confidence to go out in the world and make a difference because being a Mercy girl has given me that opportunity. "

Cassidy Reid

Class of 2022

"Mercy is more than just a school. Mercy is my second home and a shoulder to lean on. Mount Mercy has given me the confidence and resources to pursue my passions and make the world a more inclusive place, propelling me to take strides into male-dominated fields. Mercy blessed me with an environment to grow intellectually and in the community, giving me the foundation to make a tangible impact while making lifelong friendships."

Adrianna Awald

Class of 2022

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