Service is a very important part of what it means to be a student - and a graduate - at St. Mary's Academy. The school's mission statement outlines a clear call to service, with a special concern for the economically and emotionally disadvantaged. Students start integrating service into their lives here, making it a lifetime commitment.

There are a variety of service programs for student participation. Each year, students dedicate two school days to providing service to many agencies in the Portland metro area  In the spirit of community, students provide these days of service with their TA.  Seniors provide a day of service called Hands Full of Heart in October and sophomores participate in Hands Full of Heart in May.  At the junior level, the service will occur during the second semester an is coordinated through their Social Justice class.  At the freshman level, in the fall, students participate in an one day immersion experience coordinated through their TA.

There are many other opportunities during the year to help those in need, such as Christmas Baskets, Doernbecher Week, rural and homeless immersions and weekly service projects. Students may become involved in Campus Ministry and Service (CMS) Team, planning service projects and encouraging their classmates to join them in serving others.

SMA recognizes seniors who have made extraordinary contributions to their community through service. They will be presented with an honor cord at the student Academy Awards Night and may wear this cord at graduation.


Service Cord Honor Program

Service Cord Honor Program Verification of Service Form


We consider it a privilege to contribute to service through St. Mary's, and there are many ways to participate. All members of the student body have an opportunity to put their faith into action. Students are encouraged to be socially aware and contributing members of society. Below are some service ideas:

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