students smiling at food bank

From pre-K to eighth grade, our students join together as Prayer Partners, plan charity drives and participate in the Green School initiative. We believe it is important for children to use their gifts in service to others so they can learn how to respond to the needs of our world today.

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Green School

Mother Seton School enjoys the distinction of being a Maryland Green School—one of two schools in Frederick County and the first Catholic school in the state of Maryland to be certified by the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE).

A Maryland Green School is a school recognized for efforts in the areas of recycling, reusing, reducing and conserving. Additionally, these schools are recognized for how they incorporate these best practices into the curriculum and into the daily routine of the school. A Maryland Green School is recognized for its efforts to involve the entire school community.

For the last few years, Mother Seton School’s Green School Committee has worked diligently to incorporate these best practices. Students contribute to this award by filling up drinking containers from the water fountain, using the recycling bins, bringing lunches in reusable containers instead of throw-away wrappers, completing a Green School art project, planting seeds, trees and shrubs, being a member of the school’s Science Club, and promoting good practices.

Green Projects

As part of the Green School program, students are learning firsthand how to be good stewards of our natural resources.

Examples of past and continuing green projects include:

  • Creating a registered Monarch Butterfly Way Station, which provides resources to help monarchs produce successive generations and sustain their migration
  • Field trips to Renfrew Institute and Strawberry Hill to enhance ecology studies
  • Planting a pollinator garden
  • Conducting air-quality tests in our school
  • Routine water testing at the rill
  • Trout in the Classroom program
  • Maintaining a worm farm to compost food waste
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Prayer Partners

The Prayer Partner program involves all Mother Seton School students. Pre-K through third-grade students are paired with students in grades 4–8 for special mentoring opportunities throughout the year, including special events and activities. The program helps students connect and gives them an opportunity to live their faith and share their gifts with one another.

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Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY)

Students in grades 5–8 interested in working side by side with friends and classmates to serve Christ by serving their neighbors are invited to join. Members meet on the first Thursday of the month for team building, prayer, and planning service and outreach projects.

The four aims of Community, Service, Marian Spirituality and Formation to Service are woven into activities and monthly meetings of the VMY, which is an international youth organization of the Vincentian Family.

Members form teams of four to five students led by an adult sponsor to work at service sites of their choice two to three times monthly outside of school hours. Signup is in September. Members also help with the MSS Walk-a-thon and assist in deciding where some of the funds should go; we choose organizations where our funding has a direct impact on those living in poverty.

Students complete a pledge year during which they demonstrate their willingness to fulfill member responsibilities. Students who successfully complete requirements of the pledge year are inducted annually into the VMY on or near the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul.

Adult sponsors are crucial to the success of the VMY. Parents or others wishing to volunteer as adult sponsors should contact the VMY moderator, noted in the Club Advisors section of the Faculty & Staff Directory.