Congratulations and thank you to OLMA Senior, Mackenzie McNelia, on four years of amazing athleticism, sportsmanship and leadership!
On Friday, October 28, the OLMA Salerno Society proudly inducted four new members of its Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees included: Victoria Imbesi, Thomas McCarville, Kathleen Valla, and The Peter and Marie Dandrea Family. Friday evening’s event was wonderful and was attended by OLMA supporters, faculty and staff, and current and alumnae families and friends. Click here to view videos of each inductee and photos from the Hall of Fame event. Many thanks to the members of the Salerno Society for putting together such a spectacular celebration!
It’s one thing to read or hear about the homeless and hungry and another to be among them and challenged with finding ways to help. Our Lady of Mercy Academy seniors experienced that first hand as they spent a day of service in Camden, NJ, with the DeSales Service Works ministry.
Their day began in the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception’s church hall where they made 400 sandwiches for distribution to the needy and homeless via the Cathedral Pantry. Next, the students participated in a bilingual Mass and had the opportunity to hear the story of a woman who is being helped by the “Last Stop” program.
“It was shocking to talk with children who said they didn’t have breakfast and would probably go without dinner too,” said Madison Foster, OLMA senior. “I saw people with so many different needs in just one day of working the window. I’m glad we made the trip and were able to help. We sometimes take all that we have for granted, which is why experiences like this one are so great.”
In the afternoon, students helped beautify a playground area by scraping and painting two walls that border it. Their last stop of the day was to visit with the children in Holy Name School’s after-care program. OLMA students read to the children, played games and helped with homework.
DeSales Service Works is a project of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. It provides opportunities for face-to-face service and works to change the lives of those they serve and to expand the mindset of those who serve. All of our efforts seek to improve struggling neighborhoods while recognizing the goodness of these impoverished communities.
Our Lady of Mercy Academy is South Jersey’s premier, Catholic high school for young women. OLMA provides everything your daughter needs to succeed with the added benefit of doing it in a small, faith-based, single-gender environment. While here, our students learn to believe in themselves and in their ability to succeed at whatever they decide to do. Through a challenging academic curriculum, diverse extra-curricular program and spirit of sisterhood unique to an all-girls’ school, our students thrive and are forever bonded in faith and friendship.
Call 856.697.2008, or visit OLMA’s website at www.olmanj.org, to schedule a visit or register for our Open House on November 10.
P.S. — Many thanks to Mr. Gee from R.K. Chevrolet for donating our transportation. We loved the comfy van!
If you’re looking for a great example of teamwork in action, look no further than the OLMA Villagers Soccer Team. The article pictured here appeared in today’s The Daily Journal and is a tribute to our team, its leaders and the sisterhood that bonds them. Special congratulations to Tia DuPont on her decision to attend University of Miami in the fall where she will continue her soccer career!
Interact Club members from Our Lady of Mercy Academy (OLMA) and St. Augustine Prep (PREP) hit the sand dunes in Atlantic City on Saturday as part of Project Green. Armed with rakes, trash bags and the desire to help, students spent the morning picking up litter that made its way onto the dunes during recent storms.
Project Green is an annual service activity organized by the Rotary Club of Atlantic City, part of Rotary District 7640. Other participating high schools included Vineland High School, Eastern Regional, Arthur P. Schalick, and Absegami, along with Rotaract members from Cumberland County College. Together, students collected 120 bags of trash and debris from the dunes and adjoining beach/boardwalk area. Much of the debris was imbedded in the dunes and encroaching upon the plant material and wildlife.
Interact is the youth-sized version of Rotary for youth ages 12-18 who want to work together to make their community — and the world – a better place through service. Students plan and carry out hands-on service projects, make international connections, develop leadership skills, and have fun. To learn more about Interact Clubs in South Jersey, visit the District website at: http://rotarydistrict7640.org/SitePage/interact-1/welcome.
Members of OLMA’s Interact club assist Pam (far right), from Spirit and Truth Ministry, with loading up her car with the lunches they prepared for people in need. Many thanks to OLMA Alumna, Dana Catalana, first helping to make this possible.
P.S. — The girls dressed in pink today in support of breast cancer awareness.
Mr. Frank Judd of the Knights of Columbus visited with some of our Green Girls today. He also presented club president, Madison Hagerty, with a donation of $300 for use in purchasing planting supplies. Thank you!!!