WATERVILLE---Since its establishment in 1911, generations of students at Mount Merici Academy in Waterville have learned that it is a privilege to help others while respecting the dignity of each person.
The Serviam Shield, the logo worn by students on their uniforms, means "I will serve," and service will once again be a featured component at the Waterville school during Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 31-Feb. 6).
On Monday, February 1, the academy will kick off the “Together, We Can” Homeless Shelter Drive. Each grade at the school has been assigned a specific item to gather during the week, including soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shaving cream, and deodorant. The items will be used to fill personal care kits for residents at the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on 19 Colby Circle in Waterville.
“During this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Mount Merici Academy is focusing our works of mercy on the homeless shelter by living out the words of Pope Francis, ‘Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy,’” said Principal Victoria Duguay.
The service project is part of the annual Maine Catholic Schools Week which celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.
As part of the weeklong celebration, Mount Merici Academy will host a variety of special events, including academic and athletic competitions, “theme” days like a crazy hair day, and a student vs. faculty basketball game. The students will also write thank you notes to women religious in the area and parishioners at Corpus Christi Parish, Christ the King Parish, and St. Joseph Maronite Parish for their support of Catholic education.
For a complete schedule of Maine Catholic Schools Week activities at Mount Merici Academy and other Catholic schools, click here.