THE ST. MARK'S SOCIETY: Continuing a Tradition of Service to Others in 2011-2012
May 23, 2012
The Saint Mark’s Society is the school’s principal community-service organization, headed each year by the students. The group sponsors special fund-raising projects, clothing drives, and holiday drives, in addition to staffing and promoting the school's many regular community service programs. Besides occasional special programs and activities, the school has several other long-standing community service opportunities. This past school year, more than one hundred St. Markers participated in one or more of these special programs, while contributing a near-record $19,000 to various causes.
St. Mark’s students worked at Brantwood Camp and volunteered at the Metrowest Boys & Girls Club in neighboring Marlborough. These are two of the oldest and longest-standing community service endeavors at the School. Through the Saint Mark’s Society, $1000 was donated to fund Brantwood Camper scholarships. Other service opportunities in which St. Markers were actively involved during 2010-2011 were Our Father’s Table (a local feeding program), extended day tutoring at IC Marlboro, and visitations at Countryside Village Apartments.
The two largest grants made funded by St. Marker contributions went to “Invisible Children” for African child-soldier relief ($2005) and to the Sankofa Orphanage in Ghana ($2425 raised at the annual Havoc-on-the-Hardwood event). St. Mark’s students and faculty also travelled to Ghana this school year to visit and work at the orphanage there. Bowls for Hunger (a Worcester County Food Bank Benefit) and the Romanian Children’s Relief Organization’s orphanage program, also benefited from St. Markers efforts and donations.
Donations from the Saint Mark’s Society went to benefit Partners in Health Haiti Relief, Best Buddies, and to Emergency Disaster Relief. In addition, contributions were also made to the Arab Evangelical School/Ramallah & Saint Matthew’s Galilee School Library and to scholarships for St. George’s School in Jerusalem.
The Project Bread Walk for Hunger, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Ride, and Saint Mark’s Society sponsored Blood Drives were also among the organization’s many community and worldwide service efforts this past year.