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Service Continues at Mount Mercy Academy

    The commitment to service continued at Mount Mercy Academy during the cold month of February.  This year Campus Minister and senior theology teacher Mary Colby is asking members of the senior class to plan and coordinate a service project.The seniors continued their service projects with eight girls coordinating volunteer opportunities.

    Buffalo resident Shelina Slaughter organized a volunteer experience at the Boys and Girls After School Program at the Elmwood Village Charter School.  They helped the group leaders provide educational and recreational activities after a day of classes.

Taylor Stoklosa (Buffalo) and several other students worked with the Sisters of Mercy to create Valentine’s Day themed jars that will be used as centerpieces. 

    Mariah Rullan and Kathryn Bergmann of Buffalo each directed a team of volunteers at the Fantastic Friends event at the Ralph Wilson Field House.  This organization provides fun experiences for special needs children. “This was a great experience,” Rullan commented. “It forces people to expand their comfort zones and to interact with new people.”
    Anna Hagner of Buffalo led a team of volunteers at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy.  The group helped package table settings for an upcoming event and had lunch with the students there.

    During Spirit Week Katherine Pappas of Buffalo organized a drive to support the International Institute of Buffalo.   The classes eagerly participated in the drive to collect new school supplies and had the extra benefit of earning spirit week points. This organization provides resources for refugee resettlement in Western New York.

Sydni Condoyannis of Dunkirk brought a group of volunteers to the Dunkirk Rural Ministry, an organization that provides hot meals for those in need.  This non-profit organization depends on donations from local partners and including a farm that donates eggs every week.

    Bridgit Hayes of Buffalo planned a dinner for the residents of Ronald McDonald House.  The meal consisted of shepherd’s pie, green salad, crescent rolls, and Oreo balls for dessert.  Hayes prepped the recipes, helped with the shopping and led the team to prep dinner for the guests.

    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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