Sacred Heart Academy students participate in Christmas Stocking Drive

Christmas is in the air…cinnamon, scented candles, freshly cut balsams… all friendly reminders of the most joyous of holidays. Christmas is known to bring dazzling smiles to children everywhere and again this year the Sacred Heart student body was committed to ensuring that smiles will appear on the faces of less fortunate area children.

One of Sacred Heart Academy’s most meaningful holiday events is the Stocking Drive, a tradition for more than 40 years spearheaded by the Student Council. In late November “STUCO” representatives provide students in their homeroom with the gender and grade of a child to fill a stocking for and remind classmates that their stocking may be the only present that this child receives. Suggested items include small toys, toiletries, winter hats, mittens and scarves, art and school supplies. The Drive culminates when the entire school joins in chapel for the Christmas Prayer Service with each student placing her stocking on the altar. The Student Council then distributes stockings to schools in New Haven-St. Francis/St. Rose, St. Martin de Porres, and public elementary schools.

A member of Student Council offered, “The Stocking Drive is not only one of the longest standing traditions at Sacred Heart, but also one of our most treasured. Students, faculty, and staff generously prepare stockings for children in need. It’s such a beautiful sight to see the hundreds of stockings spread across the altar at our annual Christmas Prayer Service, especially knowing that these stockings might be the only gift a child receives at Christmas. We are so very blessed here at Sacred Heart and to extend this blessing to others during the holiday season is truly gratifying.”

And…again this year, alumnae got in on the act. Well over one hundred graduates, from different classes and decades, joined together at the Alumnae Christmas Stocking Workshop to create stockings. “I cherish this Sacred Heart tradition…I find joy in filling my stocking each year, knowing what it will mean to a child,” shared an alumna.

Founded in 1946 by the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sacred Heart successfully prepares young women in grades 9-12 for learning, service, and achievement in a global society. Sacred Heart Academy welcomes 500 students from more than 80 schools and 60 towns in Connecticut. The Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Visit www.sacredhearthamden.org to learn more.

Back: Elisa Palmieri ‘17 Student Council Member (Northford), Sydney Olson ‘16 Student Council VP (Hamden), Claire Donelan ‘18 Soph. Class President (Fairfield), Avishan Montazer ‘18 Student Council Member (Hamden); Front: Vivian Wang ‘19 Fresh. Class President (North Branford), Jiwon Jeong ‘18 Student Council Member (Hamden), Rose Iannaccone ‘16 Sr. Class President (East Haven), Marah Alian ‘16 Student Council President (Derby), Isabella Mesturini ‘16- Student Council Treasurer (Wallingford), Brittany LaChance ‘17 Student Council Treasurer (Seymour), Katherine Mackey ‘17 Jr. Class President (Cheshire) — Photo credit: Storytellers Photography

Back: Elisa Palmieri ‘17 Student Council Member (Northford), Sydney Olson ‘16 Student Council VP (Hamden), Claire Donelan ‘18 Soph. Class President (Fairfield), Avishan Montazer ‘18 Student Council Member (Hamden); Front: Vivian Wang ‘19 Fresh. Class President (North Branford), Jiwon Jeong ‘18 Student Council Member (Hamden), Rose Iannaccone ‘16 Sr. Class President (East Haven), Marah Alian ‘16 Student Council President (Derby), Isabella Mesturini ‘16- Student Council Treasurer (Wallingford), Brittany LaChance ‘17 Student Council Treasurer (Seymour), Katherine Mackey ‘17 Jr. Class President (Cheshire) — Photo credit: Storytellers Photography

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