OLM School students and their families are continually reminded to reach out in mercy to those in need. Once a month, OLM has a “Dress Down Day” which benefits a different charitable organization or project. Students have the opportunity to dress in casual clothing instead of uniforms and bring in a monetary contribution in exchange for the privilege.  After the devastating hurricanes that struck the US and Puerto Rico last month, the school responded with a dress down day to collect funds for hurricane relief which were donated to Catholic Charities USA.

In addition, fifth grade teachers Mrs. Donna Beaulieu and Mrs. Jennifer Nygren encouraged their students to participate in a special project of their own for hurricane relief.  They decided to host a book sale on Thursday, October 12.  The fifth graders brought in new and gently used books from home and sold them throughout the day to students in grades K-4.  It was a terrific lesson in charity, planning, and patience as the students took care of every aspect of the event.  A total of $300 was raised in the sale, with proceeds also being donated to Catholic Charities USA.  According to Mrs. Nygren, “Each student in the fifth grade class contributed in some way to the book sale. Their excitement, commitment, and enthusiasm were contagious, and made the book sale a great success. We will continue to keep the victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria in our prayers.”

With a tradition of excellence in Catholic elementary and middle school education since 1951, Our Lady of Mercy School offers its students an opportunity to pursue excellence in academics, athletics and the arts on their journey as young saints and scholars. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the Pre-K through Grade 8, co-educational Catholic school located in East Greenwich provides a nurturing, values-driven environment built upon the teachings of the Catholic Church.