Area schools celebrate Catholic Schools Week

January 28, 2014
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Seventh-grader Lexie Zaugg wipes down the pews in the loft portion of St. Patrick Church. This week is Catholic Schools Week and each day the St. Patrick’s School students are doing a different activity. On Monday, students cleaned the church and school as a community service project. Order a Print
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Fifth-grader Jacob Grimm holds up his dirty rag after wiping down the pews in the sanctuary at St. Patrick Church in Canonsburg on Monday. The students commemorated Catholic Schools Week by serving their community. Later in the week students will swap teachers for a day and dress up in clothes from other countries and try food from across the world. Order a Print
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Fifth-grader Tanner Dufrene wipes down the pews in St. Patrick Church sanctuary for Catholic Schools Week. Order a Print

School closing and delays this week will leave some students disappointed.

A fun-filled Catholic Schools Week kicked off Sunday, and already, some events have been postponed due to school closings and delays. Catholic Schools Week is celebrated across the country with Masses, open houses and activities to focus on the value of Catholic education. It is celebrated the last week in January.

At John F. Kennedy Catholic School in Washington, students will spend the week engaging in educational activities. To jump-start the celebration, the students and their families gathered for Mass and special breakfast. The rest of the week will include a visit from the Washington Wild Thing, a Zumba class, a lesson on the school’s stained glass windows and a pudding eating contest.

Over in Canonsburg, at St. Patrick School, the students started their week with some community service. As a part of the “bucket brigade,” students cleaned the church and school. The rest of the week will feature student and teachers swaps and a “passport to the world,” with each classroom representing a different country.

Rita Polansky, dean of students at St. Patrick, said Catholic Schools Week exposes the students to a variety of new experiences.

“We want our students to know about community service and continue to learn about our faith,” Polansky said. “Plus it shows them there are others in this world besides ourselves.”

Polansky said St. Patrick students will also wear yellow scarves to support National School Choice Week, which raises awareness of the different educational options available. National School Choice Week coincides with Catholic Schools Week.

In Donora, students at Madonna Catholic Regional School have a jam-packed week, which kicked off with a pancake breakfast and later a pep rally. To wrap up their fun, Principal Don Militzer said students will travel to Pittsburgh for a field trip at the Carnegie Science Center and later dress up for their snowball dance.

Militzer said it’s important for Catholic schools in the area to take part in the celebration and unite.

“This year’s mission or theme is a community of faith, knowledge and service,” he said. “It’s important to pass that along.”

Francesca Sacco joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in November 2013, and covers the Washington County Courthouse and education. Prior to working with the Observer-Reporter, Francesca was a staff writer with a Gannett paper in Ohio. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor’s degree in print and broadcast journalism.

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