The Service Program at St. Mary’s Academy is grounded in our Loretto tradition and puts the Loretto School Values of faith, community, justice, and respect into action. Service provides students an opportunity to begin fulfilling the commitment to love, to learn from those they serve, and to discover their ability to make a difference.
Service is a vital component of St. Mary’s Academy. Starting in Junior Kindergarten, students begin to understand issues around people in need, so even simple collection drives become lessons in compassionate living. The breadth of service at St. Mary’s Academy helps shape appreciation of how each individual contributes to the balance of our global society. The scope of service opportunities and requirements increases as students progress through the grades.
Each month the Lower School students give back to local, national, and world needs. Piles of coats, food, snacks, pennies – whatever is needed, our students and families answer the call so generously!
Some current Late Start/Great Start Projects:
Judi’s House, Coats for Colorado, Operation Gratitude, The Denver Zoo, Haitian Families First, Loretto Community Valentine Celebration , Southwest Improvement Council, Loretto Pakistan Mission, Leukemia Society
Middle School students regularly participate in these areas of service:
- Read to and interact with pre-school children
- Prepare and serve lunch at the sandwich line at St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary
- Spend time interacting with elders in a memory care unit
- Collaborate with students at the Cochiti Pueblo to serve the local community
- Collaborate with families in Ollantaytambo, Peru to serve the local school communities
High School students are to complete 100 service hours for SMA’s graduation requirement. Experiences and lessons learned during community service are integrated throughout the school day in curriculum, discussions and activities, as well as high school service days, and fundraisers. Multiple clubs integrate community service, providing the bridge necessary to move away from the “requirement” mentality to a mindset focused on building a community comprised of agents of change.
Service trips give High School students an even broader look at issues. Some have included:
- Spring Break in New Orleans: Rebuilding houses with Habitat for Humanity.
- Loretto Motherhouse Summer Trip: Running a summer camp for local children, working on the farm grounds, and spending time with members of the Loretto Community
- Blessed Trinity Leadership Academy in Ghana: the village of Akokoamong’s very first school—operated by Ghanaian sisters who are a sister community to Loretto.
- Border Experience/Advocacy Trip on the El Paso Border with Loretto-sponsored high schools.
St. Mary’s Academy has enjoyed ongoing relationships with many well-regarded organizations. Some service sites include: Food Bank of the Rockies, Whiz Kids Tutoring, Adam’s Camp, Project Angel Heart, Art for the Nations, The Action Center, Bessie’s Hope, Art Reach, Habitat for Humanity Denver, Clothes to Kids Denver, Zuma’s Rescue Ranch, Metro Caring, Warren Village, The Children’s Hospital, Special Olympics Colorado
Click HERE for a list of approved community service sites.