Middle school students at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School capped their week of mid-year exams with a morning of service. Following an Advent Prayer Service on the last day of school before Christmas break, students embarked on various service activities both on and off campus. Sixth grade students made activity booklets for patients in children’s hospitals, welcome home banners for returning soldiers, and birthday cards for homeless children. Seventh grade students caroled at an assisted living facility and around the OLA Catholic Church offices and also made scarves and uplifting cards for Mercy Care. Eighth grade students cleaned the sanctuary and narthex at the church.  The morning served to create awareness in middle school students of the joy of service in a time when it is easy to lose the true meaning of Christmas to its increasingly commercial nature.

The plan for the morning was modeled on the school’s annual Day of Service. Started in 2011 to celebrate being named a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, the Day of Service, which is held in September, honors the fourth vow of service taken by the Mercy nuns who staffed the school from its inception. The day is dedicated exclusively to service activities and kicks off the school’s year of ongoing service.