PORTLAND, Maine — Catholic schools around the state will do service projects as part of their weeklong Maine Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26-Feb.1.

The weeklong activities unique to each school are meant to celebrate the mission of Catholic schools. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland describes its service project mission as, “to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment,” according to a press release.

Service projects include:

• St. Thomas School in Sanford and St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick are collecting donations for their local food pantries.

• St. Michael School in Augusta is collecting donated items for The Augusta Warming Center and the Family Violence Project.

• St. John Regional Catholic School in Winslow is making placements for Meals on Wheels recipients; collecting socks for the Socks of Love project for the homeless shelter; and making birthday boxes for the food pantry.

• St. James School in Biddeford is helping to make and then packaging cookies to be distributed to members of the community.

• Saint Dominic Academy in Lewiston-Auburn is doing artwork decorations for area nursing homes. Mount Merici Academy in Waterville is holding a drive to obtain needed items for its area homeless shelter.

• Holy Savior School in Rumford is participating in Bags of Love, which is a program in which bags are filled with what a typical child would need immediately if taken from his or her home and placed into foster care.

• All Saints Schools in Bangor are collecting diapers for St. Paul the Apostle Parish churches, which receive many requests; and also collecting supplies needed by residents of a homeless shelter for teens.

For a complete schedule of Maine Catholic Schools Week, visit http://portlanddiocese.org/csw2014

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