McNick prides itself on service

Every year McNicholas students and staff conduct multiple service projects to raise funds and goods to assist schools and organizations throughout the city. When it comes to service, McNick students truly go above and beyond to help those in need.

“Service is a centerpiece of our school. McNick is one of the few schools that require service hours and it is another way to make our Catholic Christianity come alive,” religion teacher and Service Club moderator Mr. Sam Roflow said.

Here are some stats covering only a small fraction of the service the McNicholas community supplies.

Penny Day

“My favorite service project is Penny Day because the whole school gets involved and excited, and the money is put to good use,” senior and Service Club member Maggie Dames said.

  • Penny Day as raised over $75,000 in its 12 year history at McNick.
  • $6,000 to $7,000 is raised each year.
  • In 2010, $7,800 was raised for inner-city schools.

Warm Clothing Drive and Christmas Gifts

  • An average of 500 items of clothing (jackets, coats, sweaters, etc.) are collected each year.
  • This year 750 items were collected.
  • 150 gifts are bought every year for children at Millvale Community Center.

Canned Food Drive

“I see the food drive as most valuable because it is at that time of year when we have feasts such as Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, and some people aren’t fortunate enough to experience that. Through the food drive we give back to those who are really in need of the food,” senior and Service Club member Rebecca Heise said.

  • Approximately 3,000 items were collected this year and were transported to the Hope Emergency and the YWCA Emergency Assistance Program.
  • These cans were sent out to help multiple food pantries.
  • The juniors won the jeans day pass by bringing in over 840 cans, followed by the sophomores with 617 and the freshmen and senior classes both bringing a little more than 500 items each.
  • 2,000 to 3,000 cans and food products have been collected each year.

Adopt a Highway and Mt. Washington Make a Difference Day

  • 33 people volunteered for the first highway cleanup of the year.
  • A minimum of four highway clean ups must be conducted as a part of the “Adopt a Highway” responsibility.
  • The highway that was adopted this year was the intersection of I 275 and U.S. route 32 at Eastgate.
  • 53 people participated in the Make a Difference Day in Mt. Washington’s financial district.

Century Club

  • An honorary club for those who receive over 100 service hours in their four years at McNicholas.
  • At least 40 of those hours must serve the underprivileged.
  • 66 students were a part of the Century Club last year.
  • One individual completed over 1,000 hours of service.

“Service is very important because it helps us realize how grateful we should be for what we have,” Senior Class President Kelsey Mueller said.


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