During Maine Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 26-Feb. 1), all grades at Holy Cross School in South Portland squared off in a penny competition. For a week, students in each classroom placed pennies in their classroom jar. Students then went to other classrooms and deposited silver change and dollar bills which would be subtracted from the total of the other classroom.
In this friendly competition, the real winners were Make-A-Wish Maine, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a critical illness. On Tuesday, February 11, Holy Cross representatives presented Samantha Elliott of Make-A-Wish Maine with a check for $1,800, the proceeds from the penny competition.
Maine Catholic Schools Week annually 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. During the week, each school held a variety of fun activities, family gatherings, and service projects. In addition to Make-A-Wish Maine, other organizations that benefitted from service projects at Maine Catholic schools during the week were the Bangor Ecumenical Food Cupboard, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, Catholic Charities Maine’s Refugee and Immigration Services, the St. Louis Child Development Center, the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, Ronald McDonald Houses, and Camp Waban.
If you would like to learn about the many ways Maine Catholic schools are making a difference and bearing witness to the love of Christ, visit www.mainecatholicschools.com.