On Wednesday, October 17, OLA Catholic School will hold its Eighth Annual Day of Service in which all students, staff, and an army of parent volunteers focus on serving others. The day honors the principles and fourth vow of service of the Sisters of Mercy who founded the school in 1952. This day is dedicated exclusively to service activities and kicks off the school’s on-going service projects. Principal Lisa Cordell explains the day by saying “it is through the service of others that our students learn how to respect the dignity of all human life and to live like Christ.”

Students PK through sixth grade will focus on age appropriate, school wide activities including:

* making ornaments and writing thank you letters for veterans and for our service men and women through Bert’s Big Thank You

* packaging 10,000 non-perishable meals for school-aged children in needy parts of the world

* preparing 400 snack bags for family members of children suffering from cancer

* assembling pencil pouches and snack bags for Catholic Charities aftercare program

* sorting donated books for the Atlanta Assistance League

* making prayer cards for jail inmates going through Kairos prison retreats

* assembling care packages and thank you notes for the Brookhaven Police

Seventh and eighth grade students will work off-campus. Some of their projects will include:

* visiting terminal cancer patients at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Home

* caring for children with special needs at The Elaine Clark Center

* cleaning up Keswick Park

* working in the community food gardens through the Atlanta Food Bank