St. Agatha School’s youth ministry collected blankets for the Portland Rescue Mission and new and unwrapped toys for Randall’s Children Hospital the week before Christmas break.

Overall, the school was able to collect 85 items for the charities.

“I was really proud of the students, even during the pandemic. It

shows the loving and caring atmosphere here at St. Agatha Catholic School,” said Maddie McGraw, youth ministry coordinator.

Communicating with McGraw, Randall’s Children Hospital expressed a desperate need for blankets due to the cold and wet winter. The students were able to drop off their donated items during the parent resource pickup, which occurs every two weeks.

McGraw helped promote the service project by turning it into a friendly competition between the grades. The winner this year was first grade, where there was 100% participation. Last year, St. Agatha held a canned food drive for the Morrison Child & Family Service Center.

In addition to the Christmas service project, each class at St. Agatha School engages in its own charitable projects throughout the year.

“It’s always good to know that my son is not only learning about the importance of being a cheerful giver but he is living it too,” said Arnaud Prevot, a parent at St. Agatha.

“I feel blessed to be part of a community that showcases so much care and compassion during our limited in-person instruction and during these difficult times,” said Leslie Jones, principal.


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