The community of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School responds to the Christian call to care for those in need and give to others through selfless acts of service. We encourage students, parents, faculty and staff to give of their time, to serve the community and become a united voice of action. Service opportunities are a valued part of our school curriculum and occur throughout the year. Specific service opportunities are listed below.
Poor Clare Aid
The Poor Clare Convent shared property with OLMC School for many years, but recently moved to Barhamsville, VA, and although we are separated by distance, we remain united in a common faith and mutual friendship. The Poor Clare Sisters pray for our school daily. In the fall, the 8th graders visit them and spend a day doing landscaping projects all around their property. True to their name, they rely on donations for their food. In November of each year, OLMC students participate in a food drive where they collect food and take the donations to the Sisters at the end of the week.
100 Can Challenge
The 100 Can Challenge is a classroom contest that kicks off during Catholic Schools Week. Each classroom is encouraged to collect at least 100 nonperishable food items that will be donated to the OLMC Church Outreach Office and Food Pantry. Students, along with their families, often provide an outpouring of generosity during this time that helps to fill the shelves of our church food pantry. The food pantry serves those in need right in our own Newport News community. This event involves all the classrooms and is a great way for students to make an impact on those in need right here in our own community.
Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Program
The Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Program is a national education program and fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. Our Lady of Mount Carmel students participate in this energetic event as they raise money for heart health awareness. This annual event is held in February and serves to help children with unhealthy hearts, contribute to the community and encourage OLMC students to grow in their love of service.
Christian Service Club
The Christian Service Club draws the school families closer together to live out the Christian call to humility and service. This group serves to explore ways for children to put their faith into action, teach service to the other students, connect with the church, and gather the school students and families together to live out the Sacraments with a sense of purpose rooted in virtue. The club welcomes the participation of all OLMC parents and students, and coordinates school-wide service projects including: Pet Pantry collection, Poor Clare food drive, Thanksgiving food bags, Senior Christian Luncheon, Angel Tree, visits to local nursing homes, caroling, pajama collection, PORT assistance, Easter bags and the Respect Life Baby Shower.