AUGUSTA, Maine — As part of Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Fe.b 1, staff at St. Michael Catholic School in Augusta hoped to teach the students that the little things they sometimes take for granted are of great value to those in need.
In that spirit, a schoolwide collection was held to gather donations for the Augusta Warming Center and the Family Violence Project. On Friday, Jan. 31, representatives from the organizations were invited to the school, located on 56 Sewall St., to receive the donations from students.
“Each organization left with a truckload,” said Denise Levesque, marketing director at St. Michael Catholic School. “The donations included coffee and fixings; shampoo and other personal products; diapers and baby products; laundry products; brooms and other cleaning products; and children’s books.”
The Augusta Warming Center, located on 44 Front St., provides a place for individuals and families to find a safe escape from the cold each day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is primarily funded by the United Way of Kennebec Valley and stays open through March.
The Family Violence Project in Augusta helps people dealing with abuse and violence; offers prevention education and training programs; and encourages people to recognize the destructive nature of abuse and violence and to discover what they can do to end the cycle.
The service project was part of the annual Maine Catholic Schools Week which celebrated 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.