Montrose students live the principle of solidarity as they commit themselves to the common good and the service of others on the annual Day of Service.
Head of School Katie Elrod often asks seniors in their Capstone class to consider the question: Who and what are you responsible for? Mrs. Elrod points to Saint John Paul II's definition of solidarity as a response:
“[Solidarity] is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all” (Sollicitudo Rei Socialis: 38).
This principle of solidarity was in full display in the month of January at Montrose. The school honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., with Multicultural Club leaders, Cecilia Ashenuga ‘24 and Calista Rijo ‘23, sharing an inspiring all-school message along with a thoughtfully curated list of videos.
January also featured the annual Day of Service, in which the entire school focused on service through eight different projects. Projects spanned the Montrose reach from the U.S. Capitol with girls attending the March for Life, to local venues like Habitat for Humanity, to an overhaul of Montrose's preforming arts costume shop.
Lily-Rose Madani "27 wrote in The Looking Glass about her Day of Service experience packing essential toiletries for homeless women at Rosie's Place. "I'm happy that we got to pack all of those essentials for less fortunate people. I’m hopeful that we will get to do this again next year, and I encourage others to volunteer or donate to a shelter near you."
"I often say that the world needs women of conviction and ingenuity who can unify diverse groups; principled women who have practical wisdom and who commit themselves to noble and worthwhile pursuits," said Mrs. Elrod. "Through service projects like these, and in our everyday interactions, our students build civic friendships and learn to lead by pointing us toward a generous and noble purpose."