Mount St. Mary Academy held its inaugural Service and Justice Week, Jan. 22-24, offering 12 immersive experiences and involving the entire school community. This project, added as part of the school’s New Academic Vision beginning with the 2019-20 academic year, offered the entire school community hands-on opportunities to experience deep learning concerning real-world problems. The experiences were chosen to allow students to put their education to use, focusing on different aspects of social justice, approached through different disciplines.
“I love that we are serving locally in the Western New York community – it helps our girls see how they can make a difference for their neighbors,” Principal Katherine Spillman said. “Hopefully this instills in our students the desire to continue to care about social issues in their community and consider how they can make a positive difference. I hope that these experiences also allow our school to continue to build partnerships with local organizations so we can work together.”
Service and Justice Week is at the heart of the school’s Catholic identity: we embrace social justice where we live out our call as Christian disciples. It emphasizes the life and dignity of each human person, care for God’s creation, a call to community and participation, and specific attention on the poor and vulnerable.
“Here at Mount St. Mary we believe deeply that our students have innate gifts that they can develop and share to enrich the lives of others,” Principal Spillman said. “It is part of our Catholic mission to encourage our young women to be Christian disciples, to bring God’s message of love to others, especially those in need. We encourage our young women to be courageous, to stand up in the face of oppression and injustice and to be champions of positive change. We hope that Service and Justice week provides the seeds that will grow into a deeper passion and commitment to be agents of social justice.”
To learn more about Service and Justice Week, please visit our Academics page.