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Mount Mercy Academy Reaches Out to Holy Angels with Ice Cream Social

by cnewman

 "We just wanted this to be a welcoming tool for Mount Mercy," - Mount Mercy's Claire Jackson.

It could happen to anyone, really.

Wake up one morning and head off to school like any other normal day. And then be called in to the gym and told your school is closing at the end of the school year.

Instead of proms, athletic events and other activities, you maybe thinking about for the day, it turns in to where am I going to school? What will happen to all the friends I have made? What do I do now?

That is exactly what happen to students at Holy Angels Academy a few weeks back when the school held a meeting and announced they will be closing at the end of the school year. Just like that more than 150 years of tradition gone in one moment.

The school has been in financial trouble for the past few years. And when the Holy Angels Prep School didn't meet the expectations set this year, the school knew they were in big trouble.

So, they announced the closing. With the closing comes an uncertainly for more than 200 young ladies who now have to find a different school to go to.

For a lot of them they won't be going to the same school as their classmates. It is a harsh reality and one that other Catholic schools are trying to make easier.

"I was heart broken [when I heard the news]," said Mount Mercy's Claire Jackson. "I wouldn't know what I would do if I heard Mount Mercy was closing my freshman year. It was shocking."

Mount Mercy Academy is one of the Catholic schools that is doing everything it can to help the transition of Holy Angels students that want to come to the school in South Buffalo.

Just like Holy Angels, Mount Mercy is an all-girls Catholic school set on tradition.

Just recently, the young ladies at Mount Mercy reached out to the Holy Angels community by holding an ice cream social.

"I think it is a very nice gesture that we can do this for them," said Mount Mercy Academy's Morgan Reid, who is a sophomore lacrosse player. "Because, they are going through a hard time right now with them losing their school. Hopefully, they will come here. Because, we would love to have more students and make new friends."

The social was a way for the young ladies to show how much they care for the young ladies of Holy Angels Academy.

It was also a way for the school to show Holy Angels parents why this would be a good school for their daughter to attend.

"We tell them it's a great school, because we all love coming here," stated Reid, who was taking pictures of the event throughout the night. "We are a big family and we all love each other. It's just a lot of fun."

"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."

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