Marian Catholic reflects on school year of service amid pandemic

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Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights, Illinois. (Photo provided)

School uses MLK Day to reflect on student’s service achievements during challenging year

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CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 15, 2021) – For many, Martin Luther King Jr. Day has become synonymous with a day of service to commemorate the civil rights leader’s life and legacy. For Marian Catholic students, developing a lifelong commitment to service is an important element of their educational journey. Even with the challenges presented by COVID, students have found ways to be of service to others during the 2020-21 school year:

  • A t-shirt sale organized in October by Dean of Women, Jennifer Clifford, raised $2,000 for Becky’s Warriors, an organization dedicated to helping Marian Catholic families who are fighting cancer.
  • In November, the Marian Catholic Cheerleading Team hosted a drive-up shoe drive. Working in partnership with Matthew’s Motivational Projects for Humanity, the team collected over 300 pairs of new & gently used shoes for adults and children in need.
  • In past years, seniors enrolled in Marian Catholic’s Discovery in Service class have furthered their spiritual development by offering service to local community agencies. With in-person visits suspended this year, Discovery in Service students are finding creative ways to help others. One was making cards for students at the SPEED School in Chicago Heights, which serves children and young adults with emotional and physical challenges. The hope was that the cards would bring joy and encouragement to the students, their parents, and caregivers, since they are restricted to remote learning.
  • Traditionally, Marian Catholic’s Student Council, in partnership with Respond Now, sponsors a Holiday Food and Gift Drive. Usually, classes collect non-perishable foods and purchase gifts that assist more than 30 south suburban families in need. This year, the project transitioned to an online donation collection raising over $6,000 for Respond Now families.
  • Marian Catholic’s Dominican Preachers organized a winter clothing drive to collect new or gently used coats, jackets, hats, scarves, mittens, or gloves to be given to those in need. Over 100 coats were donated, along with many other clothing items, which were all given to local organizations including Feed My Lambs, Angel’s Touch, and Gild Haus.

Marian Catholic High School is dedicated to continuing to help students understand the importance of their individual contributions to society, and is located at 700 Ashland Ave, Chicago Heights, IL.

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