By leaning on the example of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary and using their core values as a guide, St. Mary's Academy students actively participate in service throughout their SMA experience and are prepared for a life of leadership and service. A commitment to service plays a vital role in the profile of SMA students and alumnae.
At St. Mary's Academy, we emphasize the need to serve with our community members rather than for them. Our students and staff recognize that it is only thorough a collaborative effort with all community members that we can be positive agents of change for social justice.
Service takes on many forms at SMA, including the twice-a-year class-wide Hands Full of Heart day of service, Mississippi Service Immersion Trip, Mexico Border Immersion Trip, Justice and Peace Network service learning, Campus Ministry Service team projects, club-organized service opportunities and more!
Beyond the regularly scheduled programs, service opportunities are often woven into our school-wide programs, including retreats, social justice week, Immersion experiences and other large-group events.
Student Service Opportunities
Students can learn about service opportunities through a variety of different avenues including a Service Opportunities Schoology Page, joining CMS or inquiring for opportunities through the CMS course, bulletin-postings, classroom projects, or by contacting Ms. Whitty directly. Any student with an idea for group projects linking with SMA should contact Caitlin Whitty for support in organizing.
To find a list of suggested agencies for service, click the link above. Students, please reognize that this is not an exhaustive list, but a starting place. The CMS office works to update contact information at each semester. If you reach out to an agency listed and are provided with new contact information, please inform the SMA service coordinator.