Santa Maria, CA:  St. Mary of the Assumption School students will help fight cancer on Tuesday, September 6th,  with a special free dress day fundraiser.

“We wanted to start the school year with a service project to highlight the importance of not only learning with our minds but also with our hearts,” said Michelle Cox, Principal.  “Our students wear uniforms all the time except for one or two spirit dress days each month.  Combining a community outreach event with an activity students are always excited to participate in is a fantastic way to start the school year.”

Supporting the fight against cancer was the idea of Maria Barragan, a cancer survivor.  Mrs. Barragan will visit the school in the afternoon to tell students her story of survival.

Mrs. Cox continued, “When you walk down the halls of St Mary’s, you can immediately tell it’s a special place.  The students are so excited to learn and committed to living life grounded in Christian values.  This fundraiser is just one more example of the children supporting the community.  I’m proud to call it my school.”

During the Day without Uniforms, students will be allowed to wear free dress, while staff members will dress in uniform style.  Participants donate at least one dollar each.

St. Mary of the Assumption School, founded September 14, 1938, is the Santa Maria Valley’s oldest Catholic School with over 1,000 graduates.  Dedicated to providing a multicultural learning environment grounded in Christian values, the Western Catholic Educational Association accredited school serves over 275 students “Learning with Faith” in Preschool to eighth grade.

For additional information contact Michelle Cox at 805-925-6713 or email