Service is a very importantpart of what it means to be a student - and a graduate - at St. Mary'sAcademy. The school's mission statement outlines a clear call toservice, with a special concern for the economically and emotionallydisadvantaged. Students start integrating service into their liveshere, making it a lifetime commitment.
There are a variety of service programs forstudent participation. Each year, students dedicate two school days toproviding service to many agencies in the Portland metro area In thespirit of community, students provide these days of service with theirTA. Seniors provide a day of service called Hands Full of Heart inOctober and sophomores participate in Hands Full of Heart in May. Atthe junior level, the service will occur during the second semester anis coordinated through their Social Justice class. At the freshmanlevel, in the fall, students participate in an one day immersionexperience coordinated through their TA.
There are many otheropportunities during the year to help those in need, such as ChristmasBaskets, Doernbecher Week, rural and homeless immersions and weeklyservice projects. Students may become involved in Campus Ministry andService (CMS) Team, planning service projects and encouraging theirclassmates to join them in serving others.
SMA recognizes seniors who havemade extraordinary contributions to their community through service.They will be presented with an honor cord at the student AcademyAwards Night and may wear this cord at graduation.
Service Cord Honor Program
Service Cord Honor Program Verification of Service Form
Campus Ministry Service Opportunities
We consider it aprivilege to contribute to service through St. Mary's, and there aremany ways to participate. All members of the student body have anopportunity to put their faith into action. Students are encouraged tobe socially aware and contributing members of society. Below are someservice ideas: