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Santa Maria Sun / School Scene

The following article was posted on February 8th, 2012, in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 12, Issue 48 [ Submit a Story ]
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Litterbugs verses kindergartners at Simas Park


Kindergartners at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Santa Maria are learning more than their ABC’s at school. They’re also learning how to give back to their community. As part of Catholic Schools Week, the kindergartners at the school walked to nearby Simas Park and picked up trash. Led by their teachers, they spent about an hour of their day cleaning up the park.

The park is only two blocks from the school and is used on a regular basis by all of the school’s students, so the kindergartners partnered with the Santa Maria Department of Recreation and Parks to “adopt” the park and they’re committed to keeping it clean.

“One of our missions is to instill the desire to serve society and give back in our students,” said Michelle Cox, St. Mary’s School principal in a recent press release. “As a Catholic school, we develop the entire child— spiritually, academically, and physically—by learning with faith. By teaching the whole student, we grow our graduates into well rounded, caring members of society.”

Students in each grade at St. Mary’s School came up with their own ideas for participating in service projects, even the pre-school students, who collected books for children living in shelters. Other projects included fundraising for the American Cancer Society and Cruizin’ for Life, providing funds and supplies for a mission school in Haiti, outreach to home-bound parishioners through letter writing and service, praying for unborn children, growing a community garden, visiting area nursing homes, especially the sisters at Marian Residence, and outreach to local veterans.

Although this week’s service projects were noteworthy because they took place during Catholic Schools Week, each class at St. Mary’s School conducts service projects throughout the year. In total, St. Mary of the Assumption students have already dedicated more than 500 service hours since the school year began.

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