On Wednesday, October 18 Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic School will hold its Seventh 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. “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,” says OLA School Principal Lisa Cordell.

Students PK through sixth grade will focus on age appropriate, schoolwide 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
  • making masks and capes for patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • creating Thanksgiving wreaths for immigrant families seeking aid from Catholic Charities Immigration Services
  • making placemats for homebound seniors who receive their meals through Senior Connections
  • assembling over 300 toiletry kits, 100 fleece scarves and 400 lunches for the homeless

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
  • preparing and packaging meals for seniors at Senior Connections
  • sorting items at the donation warehouse of St. Vincent de Paul,
  • caring for handicapped children at The Elaine Clark Center
  • visiting senior citizens at The Sunrise at Buckhead assisted living center
  • planting a fall vegetable garden at Interfaith Outreach Home
  • working in the community food gardens at the Atlanta Food Bank