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Mount Merici Academy to kick off sock drive for Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter

Posted Jan. 21, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.

 WATERVILLE, Maine — Teaching students the Ursuline Serviam tradition of service to the community is a perennial mission of Mount Merici Academy, located at 152 Western Ave. In that spirit, and in celebration of Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb. 1, Mount Merici Academy will kick off a sock drive for the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter on Friday, Jan. 24. The drive will begin with a special assembly featuring shelter representatives at 7:45 a.m.

“During these cold and bitter winter days, we all understand the importance of shelter,” said Wendy Misuinas, director of development at Mount Merici Academy, in a diocese press release. “We hope that this service project instills in our students a life-long commitment to serving their community and their world. We want them to experience the deep satisfaction and the sense of connectedness to the world that comes from helping others.”

The Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter is open 365 days a year at 19 Colby Circle in Waterville. It provides emergency overnight shelter and programs to rebuild lives for those in need. This is Mount Merici Academy’s second service project benefitting the shelter this year. The school’s third-grade class raised funds for the shelter in December in lieu of a class gift exchange for Christmas.

The sock drive is part of the annual Maine Catholic Schools Week, which celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.

As part of the weeklong celebration, Mount Merici Academy will host a variety of special events. For a complete schedule of Maine Catholic Schools Week activities at Mount Merici Academy, visit: www.portlanddiocese.org/content/mount-merici-academy-waterville.

Media members are encouraged to attend the sock drive assembly on Friday, Jan. 24, and to cover Maine Catholic Schools Week at Mount Merici Academy.

For more information, contact Dave Guthro, Communications Director for the Diocese of Portland, at (207) 321-7810 or at dave.guthro@portlanddiocese.org.

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