The Academy of Holy Angels community will celebrate its 4th annual All School Service Day on Thursday, May 25th, 2017. On this day, we aim to engage the full community in meaningful service and highlight and celebrate servant leadership. If you're an alumni or friend of AHA that is interested in volunteering with this day, please contact the AHA Service Coordinator Paul Ruhland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The morning will begin with mass presided by Father Mike Tix. After mass, ove 725 AHA community members will disperse and cumulatively volunteer over 2,200 hours of our time and talents to local Twin Cities organizations!
After enjoying lunch back at AHA, students will participate in a closing program with guest emcee Camille Williams (pictured left), award-winning anchor/reporter from Kare 11. The program will include speakers, music, and presentation of Blue and Gold Service Awards. Students will be dismissed at 1:45 pm.
Two key components of Academy of Holy Angels' culture are to serve others and educate students for life. As a reflection of these beliefs, we are one of the only local high schools in which service is a graduation requirement; and as such, we have celebrated All School Service Day since 2014. In response to the Gospel call to serve others, the Church's call to witness as disciples, the Sisters of St. Joseph call to serve the "dear neighbor" and AHA's mission to serve selflessly, it is the desire of AHA to form students to be people of service in their daily lives.
By consistently serving throughout the year for four years, Holy Angels graduates will have gained a deeper understanding of themselves, the needs of their community, the root causes of important social concerns such as poverty, hunger, discrimination, violence, consumerism, and the treatment of those who are marginalized.
Patrick Strauss '03 will speak to the students in the afternoon. Patrick is the Executive Director of the Lubwe Zambia Fund, an organization whose work centers around clean water access, sanitation, and women's empowerment. Patrick has spent the last 12 years working alongside the people of Lubwe Zambia to improve health and deliver job training skills. The organization has installed over 160 wells, providing clean water for over 40,000 Zambians.