Over 350 St. Agnes Academy Upper School students continued the Day of Caring tradition as they spent a day offering a helping hand to 27 local nonprofit organizations throughout the city of Memphis. This year marked the School’s 23rd annual Day of Caring. Following a prayer service, students boarded buses and headed to various locations for a day that included preparing food for the homeless, tutoring children and visiting with the elderly.
“The Day of Caring offers the St. Agnes student the opportunity to respond to the call to be servants for others, said Gretchen Kirk, Director or Religious Education at St. Agnes-St. Dominic. “It also gives our students a better awareness of the needs in our community. As our students become adults their experiences from this day of serving, empowers them to carry that message of outreach into their workplace, families, and neighborhoods,” Mrs. Kirk added.
Day of Caring sites included Little Flower, St. Michael, St. Patrick, St. Augustine, St. John and OLS Catholic Schools where the girls tutored students and assisted teachers. They visited residents at Ave Maria, Heritage Nursing Home and the Villages of Germantown. Students sorted clothes at Birthright and Room at the Inn, stocked shelves at the Food Bank, and cooked and cleaned at the Dorothy Day House. Other sites included Madonna Learning Center, Perea School, Neighborhood Christian Center, Shepherd’s Haven, Paige Robbins Center, Catholic Charities, Special Kids and many others.
“During Day of Caring this year we visited Shepherd's Haven at Bellevue Church for disabled adults, said Gracie Hall, SAA10. “I loved spending the day with Shepherd's Haven, their joy radiated and their faces lit up when we walked in. We gained so much from this experience knowing that we had an impact on these people's lives. I distinctly remember right when I walked in a sweet old man with a big smile came up and welcomed us. We could tell by the look on his face that he was so excited that we were there, and I will never forget that.”
In addition to the Day of Caring, students at St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School participate in numerous service activities throughout the year including a Make-A-Wish Project, weekly visits to the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, several food and clothing drives, and regular visits to Madonna Learning Center.