Family Commitment at St. Mary Catholic School

An effective school is a partnership among parents, students and the school.  Service is an essential and fun opportunity to work closely with the staff members and to get to know other parents within the St. Mary Catholic School (SMCS) community.  Donating your time can be incredibly rewarding and it is a wonderful way to have a positive influence in your child’s life and to build our school community.

We are grateful to, and dependent upon families who, through their gifts of time, treasure, and talent, enhance the quality of education we are able to provide our students. At SMCS, we believe that giving of ourselves to others is one of the most fundamental concepts a student can learn and that it is one of the best lessons a Catholic School education can teach.  We firmly believe that we as a community must lead by example. This is why we are implementing this Many Hands Make Light Work policy.

St. Mary Catholic School, with the full support of its Home & School Association, School Board, Principal, and Pastor, requires 30 hours of service per family per school year. Family Commitment volunteers hours not completed will be charged at a rate of $30/hr. These hours can be achieved through the efforts of multiple family members, including parents, grandparents, siblings not currently attending SMCS, etc.

The service opportunities at SMCS are boundless.  Opportunities are available during the days, evenings, and weekends throughout the year.  Specific events will be advertised via email ( for specific shifts, donations, etc.

However, hours will be logged at Help Counter ( See Help Counter instructions below.

In accordance with the Archdiocese of Baltimore, SMCS requires that anyone who will have substantial contact with children meet the Archdiocesan VIRTUS requirements.  The knowledge one gains from this program allows us to better provide a safe environment for children.

Sign-Up Genius InstructionsSMCS Many Hands Make Light Work (Software Instructions)

Accessing Help Counter:
General Home Access Link (existing volunteers)
Copy and paste the address below onto your website or into an email. This link takes existing volunteers to a page where they can sign in with a user name and password they create themselves. If they are not already in the system, it will auto refer them to the new volunteer application link shown above. This link will also work for any other schools in which they volunteer.
New Volunteer Application Link
Here is a direct link to the new volunteer’s online application for your school. You will receive an email when new volunteers register. They will stay in ‘Pending’ until you have approved them unless you have enabled instant approval in Setup & Preferences.
Spiritual Life at St. Mary Catholic School
Spiritual Life at St. Mary Catholic School

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In choosing St. Mary Catholic School, you are investing in your child’s tomorrow. For over 145 years students and families have been entrusting SMCS for educational excellence – spiritually, academically, and socially. We invite you to visit our campus in historic Hagerstown, Maryland to learn more about our school as well as our school community.