News Archive

2021

  • September

    A Little Help, Please! Archangel Diaper Drive (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    In partnership with St. Gabriel’s Catholic School, St. Michael’s is participating in an Archangel Diaper Drive to support the St. Gabriel’s Pregnancy & Parenting Program through Catholic Charities of Central Texas. The mission of the program is to guide and empower individuals to build a strong foundation of healthy relationships and a supportive environment for young children, ensuring a healthy and stable start to life. Your donation of baby items is a powerful step to helping others. Please consider donating today!

    Check in with Ms. Schaffer before placing donations in the bin in the Upper Commons and for every two (2) boxes of diapers or five (5) of the other items donated, students earn one hour of community service. The Diaper Drive culminates with the Feast of the Archangels Mass. Please contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.com with any questions. 

    SUGGESTED DONATIONS
    • Diapers of any size - especially sizes 4, 5, and 6
    • Baby wipes
    • Baby wash
    • Baby lotion
    • Diaper cream
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  • Light of the World Service Learning Program (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    Service to the community is an integral part of the mission of St. Michael’s Catholic Academy. The Light of the World Service Learning Program inspires students to follow the example of Jesus as they recognize the dignity of the human person. St. Michael’s Light of the World Service Learning Program fosters commitment to a lifetime of giving to the local and global community. Service to others is expected and required. Students involve themselves in projects such as preparing daily meals for homeless children, visiting and befriending the elderly, sponsoring events for programs geared towards the needs of the disabled, the poor and numerous other collaborations with a wide variety of organizations. The opportunities are endless!  Service at St. Michael’s is a way of life, a cornerstone of the educational experience. Please review our Service Learning webpage for information and opportunities.

    “YOU are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.
    Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.
    Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.”
    Matthew 5:13-16
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  • April

    Service-Learning Opportunity at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the Botanic Garden of Texas. The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work. The center relies on its volunteers! 
     
    Are you interested in learning more about the native plants of the Texas Hill Country? Garden volunteers work mornings only in our gardens, greenhouses, and other designated areas to assist with planting, weeding, mulching, watering, pruning, and propagation. Arboretum and Natural Areas volunteers work to maintain the Texas Arboretum Wildlife Center and trail systems. 
     
    Can you teach others the importance of environmental awareness? Much of what goes on at the Wildflower Center revolves around education. Help develop curriculum for our children’s programs, greet guests to the Little House, assist us in preparing educational materials or supervise learning stations. You may choose to volunteer occasionally when your schedule allows or schedule a placement as often as once a week.
     
    If you can’t commit to an ongoing placement at the Center but want to give your time when they need it most, consider volunteering at one of the festivals or seasonal seminars. Large and small groups are needed to help with every aspect of these events. See the events calendar for dates at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Contact Rae Harrison at rharrison@smca.co with any questions.
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  • March

    Inside Books Project Service Opportunity (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    Inside Books Project is an Austin-based community service volunteer organization that sends free books and educational materials to prisoners in Texas. Inside Books is the only books-to-prisoners program in Texas, where over 140,000 people are incarcerated. Inside Books Project works to promote reading, literacy, and education among incarcerated individuals and to educate the general public on issues of incarceration. 

    Volunteer The volunteer opens the letters from the inmates, selects books to best fit the request, and makes packages of books to send back to each inmate. The books selected by the volunteer become the personal property of each inmate. Volunteer with Inside Books Project 

    Donate   
    Inside Books Project has sent over a quarter-million free books to inmates in Texas, funded entirely by donations from our community. Give your gently used books a second life by donating them to Inside Books Project. The student can earn 1 hour of service for every 10 books donated to the project.  Donate to Inside Books Project

    Contact me at rharrison@smca.com questions.
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  • February

    Putting Children First: SAFE Alliance (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    SAFE Alliance is a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace, both long-standing and respected human service agencies in Austin serving the survivors of child abuse, sexual assault and exploitation, and domestic violence. The organization needs baby wipes, formula, hand sanitizer, diapers and pull-ups, feminine hygiene products, razors, toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, bleach, laundry soap, tissues, trash bags, and non-perishable food. Email Lindsay Contreras at lcontreras@safeaustin.org for more information regarding quantities and delivery details. 
     
    You can also help a child by creating an Activity Box. Help the children served at SAFE experience normalcy by providing boxes filled with supplies for crafts, sports, game nights, and movie nightsClick here to view options and sign up. Please contact me at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • January

    Society of St. Vincent de Paul Donations = Service Hours (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Diocesan Council of Austin continues to open its food pantry from 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays at the Vincentian Family Center, 901 W. Braker Lane. The center is currently seeking donations of nonperishable snacks and meals, as well as canned food. Donations may be dropped off from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

    Students may drop off ten (10) items on campus and earn one hour of service. Please contact me with any questions at rharrison@smca.com.
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  • 'Serving Austin' Winter Term Class Students Talk to the Animals (By Lauren Warner, Theology Instructor)

    Students from the "Serving Austin" Winter Term class went to All Things Wild, a wildlife rescue organization that works to rehabilitate injured animals and release them back into the wild. In 2020, they provided sancutuary for 63 different species of approximately 2000 sick, injured, orphaned, and displaced wildlife from the Austin area.

    While there, students helped clean the facility, prepped food for and fed the animals, and helped put up fencing in some of the cages used to contain animals while they heal. 

    Students were also able to interact with a skunk, squirrel, possum, rabbit, a small owl, crows, donkeys, and horses (all under the supervision of a trained animal rehabilitator.)  It was a wonderful, rewarding service opportunity.
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  • Ronald McDonald House Remote Volunteer Opportunities (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Texas is to find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. They rely on the caring support of the Austin community to carry out their mission and offer several remote volunteer opportunities including: (Please select "Read More" for list.)
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  • Operation Gratitude for First Responders and Service Personnel (By Rae Harrison, Registrar)

    VOLUNTEERISM NEEDED NOW MORE THAN EVER!

    Operation Gratitude’s response to Covid-19 is a call to action for Virtual Volunteerism, and they are providing ways for individuals to give back from home. Their campaign allows every American the opportunity to support Deployed Troops, National Guardsmen, First Responders, and Emergency Medical Personnel on the frontlines of the Covid-19 pandemic. Serve in a variety of ways:
     
    • Make paracord “survival” bracelets for our troops and first responders to wear in case of an emergency. The threads you carefully knot in these bracelets become extremely useful in a survival or emergency situation.
    • Write personal letters of appreciation to deployed troops, veterans, frontline responders, wounded heros and their caregivers. 
    • Donate Beanie Babies to be sent in a Care Package. Some are used to entertain deployed troops; others are given to children in combat zones. 

    Use this link to access Operation Gratitude and discover more about serving our troops and first responders.
    https://www.operationgratitude.com/ Please contact me at rharrison@smca.com with any questions.
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  • Students Ava, Katelyn and Lily Launch Leukemia & Lymphoma Society "Student of the Year" Campaigns (By Laura Duggan, Director of Marketing & Communications)

    It says a lot about our students that we have two groups from St. Michael's participating in this effort to help fund the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's work on eradicating blood cancers, which is launched today and continues for the next seven weeks.

    St. Michael's twin sisters Katelyn and Lily Peter '23 have joined up with Team Yari, headed by St. Stephen's student and friend Yara Ben-Musa. You can read their statement and find the donation link here:
    https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/yben-musa

    Junior Ava Bautch is leading a group of St. Michael's students as their candidate representative for "Students of the Year" that includes: Ginny Daboub,  Caleb Eby, Jen Fang, Cadence Layne, Avery Lindsey, Jude Turneville, Jack Urano, and Lily Watkins. You can read their statement and find the donation link here: https://events.lls.org/ctx/austinsoy21/abautch 

    According to their website, the Students of the Year Campaign is “a six to eight-week initiative in which nominated high school students, or teams of 2-3 students, participate in a fundraising challenge to benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Candidates raise money in honor of a young, local patient hero who is battling or in remission from a blood cancer.”

    To lead, a student undergoes an application process, including answering essay questions, before qualifying as a candidate. For example, Ava's acceptance letter is included here.
    While campaigning, students practice leadership, communication, and marketing skills, and become familiar with finance and budgeting tasks.
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