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Mount Mercy Students Serve the Community in January

                The Mount Mercy Academy students and staff participated in many service opportunities in October, November and December and despite the difficult January weather, the past month was no different.  This year Campus Minister and senior theology teacher Mary Colby is asking members of the senior class to plan and coordinate a service project.  During January six seniors initiated service projects and two other projects were postponed due to the weather.

                  Senior Ellie Wilson (Buffalo) organized a group of volunteers who prepared and served dinner for guests at Holy Family Church.  The students also socialized with the guests.

                  Julia Walsh, a senior from Buffalo, coordinated a team of volunteers who created decorations with the Sisters of Mercy.  The students created seasonal snowflakes and shared time and laughter with the sisters.

.              Later in January, senior Clarity Eron (Buffalo) directed a group of students who helped the sisters take down and store Christmas decorations.

                  Senior Angelina Pacholczak of Orchard Park organized a group to help out at the Food Bank of Western New York.
            Allison Mazurkiewicz, a senior from Blasdell, recruited a team of volunteers to help at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Gala. JDRF is an organization that provides funding for research to address Type I Diabetes.

            Senior Catherine Russo organized a bake sale at her home parish, St. Vincent de Paul in Springbrook to support the Mother Teresa Home.  The Mother Teresa Home provides resources and stability for expecting and new mothers. Students and some teachers baked to support this event.  The team raised $360 for the Mother Teresa Home.

                  Campus Minister Mary Colby modeled service for her students, volunteering to teach Adult Learn to Swim Lessons for the community.  She is working with the Swimming Saves Lives Foundation for the months of January and February.

                  The Mount Mercy community continues to follow foundress Catherine McAuley’s vision of compassionate service and affirming the dignity and uniqueness of individuals.

"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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