The young women at Academy Of The Holy Names aren't just focused on math, science, and English these days at school. They're on a mission to collect the much-needed supplies for those less fortunate.
Cassidy Gourley and her classmates at Academy Of The Holy Names in Tampa are about to embark on a mission trip to migrant camps in the Ruskin area.
"I get more happiness out of it than the people we are helping, because it's just, seeing their smiles, like how happy we make them. It just gives you a greater sense happiness," Cassidy said.
As part of their mission to serve and help others, they are asking their classmates to bring in shoes, books, diapers, even money, for the migrant children and their parents.
"The money actually goes with us on the trips. A lot of times, a facility would need a washer and dryer, or they would need for us to repaint some of their structures," said Stefanie Zummo, an administrator at the Academy of the Holy Names High school.
Mission trips to places like Ruskin, or even the Dominican Republic, have been an important part of the high school experience at Academy for 15 years.
"When I was in elementary school and middle school here at the Academy," Miranda Lopez student at the school said. "I saw the older girls going on mission trips that's what inspired me to go on one as well."
During that time, more than a thousand young women have gone out to serve others.
"The fact that they find so much joy in something as simple as a pair of shoes or a brand new notebook is just really touching and very refreshing," Elaine Petrarca student said.
For many of these young ladies, their trips are life changing, realizing there is so much more in the world than what they find in their textbooks.
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