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St. Mary's Academy students receive Spirit of Unity Award, grant
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Mariah Bruns, Allison Nasson and Isabella Villarreal.
St. Mary's Academy photo
Mariah Bruns, Allison Nasson and Isabella Villarreal.

St. Mary's Academy's Poverty Awareness Day program and Youth Ending Slavery (YES), a nonprofit run by five St. Mary's seniors, have been awarded a $500 grant from the Wholistic Peace Institute at Concordia University. The award will be split evenly between the two  groups, and representatives from both were recognized at an assembly at Athey Creek Middle School last fall.

The grant accompanied the 2012 Harold Schnitzer Spirit of Unity Award, presented to St. Mary's Academy, Poverty Awareness Day and YES by the Wholistic Peace Institute and the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation. The award recognizes individuals and organizations for developing student peace, human rights, conflict resolution, mediation and civil rights programs.

"I am bursting with pride to be part of a school with such a commitment to social justice," said Maria Fleming, student service coordinator at St. Mary's. "Thanks to Mariah Bruns and Julia McCarthy, Poverty Awareness Day co-chairs, and Iris Dowd, Olivia Hinerfeld, Catherine Mattecheck, Allison Nasson and Isabela Villarreal, the five YES board members, for all your hard work and your big hearts that have led you to care about people easily ignored and forgotten."

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