Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School
Recognized as a Champion of Mercy
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio Honors Those Sharing Mercy with Others
Liberty Township, OH (November 6, 2017) –On Saturday, November 4th, Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio honored Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School (MTCES) as a Champion of Mercy for student body community outreach efforts. MTCES Principal Sister Anne Schulz, C.PP.S., and other school representatives gathered with fellow Champions at an awards dinner at Centre Park of West Chester.
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio is an organization committed to serving the poor, protecting the vulnerable, and welcoming the stranger by enlightening, serving and empowering its community. Every year, the organization honors Champions of Mercy, individuals or groups who share compassion, love, and mercy with others.
MTCES received the award for its students’ many outreach efforts, including participation in the Adopt-a-Grandparent program with Hawthorn Glen Nursing Center and monthly food drives for Reach Out Lakota. In addition, students regularly collect socks for the homeless and baby items for Right to Life groups. In the spirit of Mother Teresa, 7th and 8th graders give up their holiday parties to host celebrations for students at Fairwood Elementary School, an inner-city Hamilton School. Last year, an 8th grade leadership committee hosted Lenten prayer as part of the Rice Bowl project, introducing students to the needs of people in other countries.
“We believe we are called to model the example of Mother Teresa through volunteerism and community service,” said Sr. Anne. “I can’t wait to share this award with the students who truly take it upon themselves to help those less fortunate.”
Recently, MTCES turned its outreach focus to hurricane victims. The school directed proceeds from its used uniform sale and student collection to Catholic Charities, the American Red Cross, and Kilazo Kizuri. MTCES parent and Board of Trustees member Michelle Kiigi founded Kilazo Kizuri, an international organization dedicated to reducing the high infant mortality rate in developing countries. After the Hurricane Harvey devastation, Kilazo Kizuri directed its focus closer to home. During the weekend of October 13th, Michelle and her family, including her daughters—4th grader Njeri and 2nd grader Nungari, traveled to Houston to partner with West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM) to provide supplies to families affected by Hurricane Harvey.
As Thanksgiving approaches, MTCES is planning its annual Thanksgiving Feast. The entire student body, faculty, and staff will gather in the school’s student center for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. We will set a special table for our Hawthorn Glen “grandparents,” serve them, and break bread together.
MTCES is one of only three independent, private Catholic elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The School, which opened in 1998 to 20 kindergartners in the basement of a church, now serves 518 students in grades K-8 on its 25-acre campus in Liberty Township. In response to the region’s demand for Catholic education, MTCES opened a new academic wing in August 2016. MTCES will host an Open House event on January 28, 2018 from 2:00-5:00 p.m.