AUGUSTA---Students at St. Michael School in Augusta are engaged in a new hobby during National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2): hunting for aluminum can tabs.
“One of the main components of Catholic schools and Catholic Schools Week is service,” said Kevin Cullen, principal of St. Michael. “Students will pull off aluminum tabs from soda cans, tennis ball containers, and food cans and place them in boxes around the school. Maine Metal Recycling in Auburn will weigh the tabs, pay the current rate for aluminum, and send the money to the Ronald McDonald Houses located in Bangor and Portland.”
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine provide housing for families who have a child being treated at a local hospital. Since 1983, the Ronald McDonald Houses in Maine have comforted and cared for thousands of sick children and their families.
“As soon as our students learned about what this program does and how many families it helps, they embraced the opportunity to help make a difference,” said Cullen. “The money will help to purchase items off of the Ronald McDonald House ‘wish list.’”
In addition to presenting the money from the aluminum tab collection, St. Michael will donate items directly off the ‘wish list’ as well. Each grade will concentrate on collecting something different:
Pre-K Diapers and wipes
Kindergarten Laundry detergent
Grade 1 Snack packages
Grade 2 White paper
Grade 3 Batteries
Grade 4 Peanut butter
Grade 5 Stamps
Grade 6 Olive oil
Grade 7 Macaroni and cheese
Grade 8 Canned goods
School community members are also donating gas cards and other gift cards to the cause. St. Michael will be collecting through Friday, February 1, before presenting the donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine.
“When students take part in service, they demonstrate the values and faith they gain through Catholic education,” said Cullen.
National Catholic Schools Week 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.
For information on registering at St. Michael School or to take a tour, call the office at (207) 623-3491.