The annual Heaven Cent campaign at St. Mary’s College (SMC) is underway. The kickoff
to the Advent Outreach Project was held today at the school.
Heaven Cent is a three-pronged ‘AAA’ campaign that stands for: Adoption, Action and Alms. The Adoption aspect sees gifts purchased for students in need within the Huron-Superior Catholic District School Board. The Action component involves classes reaching out to members of the greater community. The Alms portion centers on raising funds for various local organizations as selected by the students.
Staff and students from all grades work collaboratively to run this campaign.
“By getting involved, students have an opportunity to participate fully in the season of Advent, while deepening their faith and learning the meaning of teamwork. It is a chance for all of us to act as Jesus did and display respect and empathy for one another,” said SMC Vice-Principal, Christopher Czop.
This year, the Action component will have SMC students attempt to connect with residents of every nursing home in Sault Ste. Marie. Another action will be for SMC students to visit all Catholic elementary schools in the city to remind them of the true meaning of Christmas.
Students will also approach numerous businesses to host their donation cans over the next four weeks.
Individuals are encouraged to participate in the campaign by donating any spare change.
Funds raised from the campaign will be donated to individuals and community organizations, with all of the donations remaining in Sault Ste. Marie. The presentation of funds will be held on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, at a special assembly at St. Mary’s College.
On behalf of the SMC family, the Heaven Cent Committee wishes to thank everyone in advance for their contributions to this year’s campaign.