St. Mary’s Academy photo
Freshman Whitney Watson was one of hundreds of St. Mary’s Academy students who walked across Portland bridges to raise funds for the school.
St. Mary’s Academy photo
Freshman Whitney Watson was one of hundreds of St. Mary’s Academy students who walked across Portland bridges to raise funds for the school.
St. Mary's Academy students raised a record-breaking $110,000 in support of the school’s annual Blues Bridge Walk fundraiser, which took place in October.

The walk provides students with an opportunity to support their school for girls while teaching and fostering a culture of philanthropy. Starting in mid-September, students are challenged to collect donations. Their fundraising efforts culminate in a three-mile walk over the Steel and Hawthorne bridges, one of the many advantages of the school’s downtown location. The funds raised through the Blues Bridge Walk support St. Mary’s Academy students in every aspect of their educational experience, including academics, extracurricular and co-curricular activities, and the tuition assistance program.

“We made a point to involve the whole school and keep the spirit up with banners, pep-times and other fun activities,” said Hilary Baker, St. Mary’s Academy’s director of special events. “We challenged our student body to raise $150 each. I am so appreciative of the families, alumnae, faculty, staff, and other donors who invested in our school and the future of our students.”

Students not only fundraised by traditional means of reaching out to family, friends and neighbors, they also used online fundraising to procure donations for the school. Students were encouraged to share with potential donors why they value the experiences and opportunities offered by a St. Mary’s Academy education.

“I am so proud of our students for working hard to reach their goal and support the school,” said Kelli Clark, the principal. “To raise what we did is an impressive feat.”
Although the support of the entire St. Mary’s community is necessary for the success of the Blues Bridge Walk, it is a student-led fundraiser and event.

“I was so excited about this year’s student fundraiser,” said senior Sydney Thompson, Blues Bridge Walk committee member. “The best thing about the Blues Bridge Walk is bringing the whole school and community together to engage in fundraising for our great school.”