Saint Mary School|Milford, CT | Service Projects
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Service Projects

Service Project for the Academic Year 2016-2017

John Rigley Food Drive


One of the major ways St. Mary School students and families put their FAITH IN ACTION is by participating in our 1st Friday Food Drives. SMS has been hosting these food drives for many years and items collected are donated to the John Rigley Food Pantry run by St. Mary Church. John Rigley was a Deacon at St. Mary Church for many years, and he ran the food pantry there. After his death, the food bank was named in his honor, and to this day it continues to help families in the community who are struggling to put food on their table. So, every 1st Friday of the month, students are asked to bring in an item(s) to contribute to the collection. Our school family has embraced this initiative and our monthly collections make a big difference in filling the shelves at the pantry. Each month, we help our Parish keep up with the ever growing demand of families in our area. Some months the pantry may be more specific as to what they are in need of, and we will communicate that to you. It is one of the many ways we “Live the Message of Jesus,” by giving Christian service to those in need. Thank you again for helping us to teach our children the importance of putting our Faith in Action by not just saying, but actually meaning it when we say: LIVE THE MESSAGE OF JESUS.

Make a Difference Day

October 22, 2016, is Make a Difference Day,” America’s largest day of service. People throughout our nation help to make this world a better place. Millions help others and millions of lives are changed forever. The kindergarten is proud to have been part of this program for many years.


We “Make a Difference” by collecting NEW Teddy Bears to donate to the Surgi Center at Milford Hospital. Approximately 200 children have surgery there each year, and these donations will help them forget for a moment what they have gone through and hopefully put a smile on their faces. Due to previous year’s overwhelming response, we were able to provide the ER and the Milford Hospital Walk-in Center with Teddy Bears as well. It is our goal to be able to do the same every year.


On October 21st, we wear our SMS sweats to school and help “Make a Difference” in someone’s life. We bring in a  NEW Teddy Bear or make a donation. All donations are used to purchase as many new bears as possible.

Halloween Costume Drive


Over the past few years Meg Albright, who passed away in the summer of 2016, and her family, have coordinated a drive to collect new or gently used Halloween costumes for needy families.  We are thrilled that her daughter, Erin (Class of 2016) is continuing this tradition of “Faith in Action.”  The students bring in gently used Halloween costumes and place them in the bin in the St. Mary School lobby. They are distributed to the needy before Halloween.

Operation Gratitude


Participating for their 3rd year, St. Mary School in Milford collected extra Halloween candy, bought toothbrushes and wrote notes to the troops for Operation Gratitude.  This year they beat last year’s haul and are sending 10 enormous boxes totaling 321 pounds of goodies to those serving around the world! Thank you to everyone who donated to this great cause.

Pink Day

pink day

It was a beautiful sight on Friday October 28th, as the students and staff at St. Mary School in Milford wore pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The day was organized by the school’s 7th grade Cadette Girl Scout Troop #30328, and in addition to wearing pink, the students made donations to the American Cancer Society.

Winter Coat Drive

coat drive

Under the guidance of Mrs. Janet Adler, St. Mary School’s eighth grade coordinated another successful coat drive. The school and Milford community came together and donated gently used coats and winter clothes for students and their families at Cathedral Academy in Bridgeport.  This is the third year they have held this drive which has resulted in hundreds of coats helping keep our neighbors warm this winter.

St. Mary Giving Tree

giving tree

Our school raised $275 from the St. Mary’s Giving Tree, that will be put towards our mission work at our twining parish and school in Marbial Haiti! Our school is always so generous and so we continue to do good work in our local & global communities! “The human heart is always drawn by love” – St. Catherine of Siena

Diaper Drive

Grade 6 Girl Scout Troop held a diaper drive collection at school. The troop collected 783 total diapers in 35 packages and 2,768 total wipes in 32 packages from the St Mary School community! They were very excited to watch the box fill up everyday. The United Way is also going to be very happy to receive these donations. Thank you again from all the girls in Troop 38359!

Dream Big Sophie

dream big sophie

Our 3rd grade students wrote letters to veterans in an effort to help a student in New York who is trying to collect 30,000 cards to send to our veterans! SMS mom Meg Hayes, faciliated this project. Thank you to her ans to our students who again put their faith in action!

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Toys for Tots

Each year, the firefighters sponsor the Toys for Tots program in Milford. The program reaches hundreds of local families and children in need. On Friday, December 16, 2016, there was a “Wear your SMS Sweats Day” to help benefit the Toys for Tots program. This year our school donated about $370 and a few hundred toys!

Socks Project

socks project

Each year, the firefighters sponsor the Toys for Tots program in Milford. The program reaches hundreds of local families and children in need. On Friday, December 16, 2016, there was a “Wear your SMS Sweats Day” to help benefit the Toys for Tots program. This year our school donated about $370 and a few hundred toys!

Read to Grow Book Drive

girl scouts book drive

Our 4th Grade Girl Scout Troop recently sponsored a book drive to benefit Read to Grow. Thanks the generosity of our SMS family, they far exceeded their collection goal and donated over 1,000 books to the program. The girls collected books on their own and helped spread the word at home and at school. They want to thank everyone who generously donated books to their cause!

Past Service Project

Kid’s Kloset


We donate monthly to the Kids Kloset so those who need a little help can shop for free.

Birthright Toy Tag Sale


We donated gently used toys to the Birthright Toy Tag Sale in New Haven for their yearly drive.

Special Fund


We came together to help support one of our young students who suffered the unexpected passing of a parent with a “special fund” to help the family.

Camp Happiness


We opened up the school for a Camp Happiness Fundraiser.

School Supplies to New Orleans


Our 2nd grade collected school supplies for a school in need in New Orleans.

Fight for Air Climb


We took a collection for the “Fight for Air Climb” sponsored by the American Lung Association in honor of an alumni family.

St. Baldrick’s Foundation


We wore green and raised money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation on St. Patrick’s Day.

Library at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital


We collected new & gently used DVDs to establish a library for the children at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital as led by our 5th grade girls scout troop.

Maren Sanchez Scholarship Fund


We wore purple and raised money to make a donation to the Maren Sanchez Scholarship fund and more done within particular classes & grades.

Red Nose Day


We helped raised funds to fight hunger!

Philippines Project


Hosted a collection for those affected by natural disaster in Philippines.