On Friday, February 15th, 160 Madonna students and staff participated in a school-wide Day of Service. Over 400 hours of service were performed in the Weirton community in one day. This was the second year in a row that a school-wide service day had been planned as a Catholic Schools Week event. Madonna was cancelled for 3 days due to inclement weather during Catholic Schools Week, but the Madonna family was determined to honor the promise of service, even though it had to be postponed. Madonna is committed to making this Service Day an annual event.
Madonna High School has been an integral part of the Weirton community for nearly 65 years and sees giving back to the community that gives so much as not only the right thing to do, but also necessary. Helping those in the community is a way to encourage the students to practically live out the Catholic social teachings taught in the classroom, which stress building a just society and living lives of holiness midst the challenges of modern society. This message was the focus of guest speaker and Madonna alumni, Mr. Michael Hagg ‘88, director of Hancock County Sheltered Workshop. He spoke to the group about making sure that giving back to the community you live in always remains a top priority.
The following were service sites: St. Joseph the Worker School and Church, St. Paul School and Church, Sacred Heart of Mary Church, Community Bread Basket, Table of Hope, Weirton Christian Center, Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, Brooke/Hancock Family Resource Network, 1st United Methodist Church, Weirton Senior Center, Wyngate, Serra Village/Weirton Geriatric, Salvation Army, and Madonna High School.