Community Action Reaches Everyone

As we begin our school year, we direct our energy toward the C.A.R.E.-a-thon, a school tradition since 2009. The C.A.R.E.-a-thon has been one of Saint Mark’s biggest fundraising events. What is so special about this event is the level of student participation for community service, which presents an opportunity for students to learn they are capable of being a positive influence in the world at any age. We feel strongly that the acts of service promote moral, personal, and social development, and that Jesus invites us to imitate his life as a servant-leader.

There are two main ways students can provide service to their community which, in turn, support their school. The first part of the C.A.R.E.-a-thon drive is one half day of school wide service held the Thursday before MEA break. On that day, the entire school participates by raking leaves for the neighbors of Saint Mark’s, singing songs and delivering artwork to Episcopal Homes, and delivering hand-made art projects to the neighborhood. Other acts of kindness, such as calling donors to thank them, creating crafts and cards for children at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics and prayer beads for parishioners, are done as well. Students raise money for their school on that day by asking for financial sponsorship for this day of service and acts of caring to the community. The second part of the drive involves students providing individual acts of service to others over the span of the month.

Our financial goal this year is to raise $25,000 for Saint Mark’s School. The funds raised are vital to the daily operations of our school; specifically, they are used for teacher salaries, financial aid, and classroom supplies. Contributions for C.A.R.E.-a-thon are accepted throughout October. All donations, no matter the dollar amount, are greatly appreciated.

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