Schools prepare for Catholic Schools’ Week

By: Jeannine LeJeune
ACADIA PARISH – This week will be very special for four parish schools.

St. Michael School, Redemptorist Catholic School and Notre Dame High School in Crowley and St. Francis School in Iota will celebrate Catholic Schools’ Week this week.

Catholic Schools’ Week will be celebrated Jan. 30 through Feb. 3 this year.

Each of the four schools have their own events planned to help mark the occasion.

St. Francis School has a very busy week planned, complete with dress-up days for students to enjoy along with other activities.

Each dress-up day has a message behind it, for example, the message “God’s love and peace is unconditional” comes with a hippie dress up day.

Other than getting to wear different outfits, the students will get to participate in trivia contests, a pep rally, morning prayers and more.

“Catholic Schools Week is a wonderful way to recognize those students and teachers who dedicate their lives to the promotion of Catholic values through Faith, Academics and Service,” said Cindy Habetz, principal of St. Francis. “We at St. Francis School in Iota are celebrating Catholic Schools Week along with the rest of the nation in order to build community awareness of the importance of a Catholic School Education. The students at St. Francis are addressing the three areas of Faith, Academics and Service throughout the week. The students have the opportunity to dress up during the week to reflect religious inspirational quotes. We are also addressing the service aspect of Catholic Schools by having the students bring in items that will be donated to the Faith House.

“Catholic Schools Week is an occasion to showcase our schools and all the positive activities that are going on at St. Francis.”

There will be no shortage of activity at St. Michael this week as well. The school’s activities actually begin Sunday where students will give testimonials at St. Michael Church for its morning masses.

Then during the week, there will be a student appreciation day and the week will culminate with its Ninth Annual Faith Rally and grandparents’ day celebration.

This year’s theme will be entitled “Catholic Schools...Celebrating Leadership in Faith, Academics and Service” for St. Michael.

“Catholic Schools Week at St. Michael School is a joyful time when we celebrate all the wonderful accomplishments of our students, come together in prayer to thank God for our blessings and welcome our grandparents with great love,” said Myra Broussard, St. Michael principal.

Redemptorist Catholic also will get its students involved throughout the week.

There will dress-up days like “Silly Sock Day” or “Favorite Hat Day” and many other activities. Those activities will also allow the students the opportunity to give back to the community.

The school’s Beta Club will collect blankets one day and the Student Council will collect coats, gloves and socks to donate.

“We really wanted to tie-in the sense of giving to Catholic Schools Week,” said Louis Cramer, Redemptorist Catholic principal. “But throughout the week we have activities planned to get the kids excited.”

At the end of their week Redemptorist will have their Grandparents’ Day as well as a lot of fun activities for the school children.

Finally, Notre Dame’s Catholic Schools’ Week will feature competitions between classes at lunchtime, a pep rally, and their main event, the Right-to-Life March and Rally.

The march, pending weather, will begin at 11 a.m. when the students will leave Notre Dame’s campus for St. Michael. An opening prayer will be said at 11:30 and brief remarks before making the march back to Notre Dame. The school will have a short break before the program’s beginning at 12:30 p.m., which will feature a guest speaker on abortion.

Catholic Schools’ Week has been celebrated by schools since 1974. It is a week that serves a as the opportunity for catholic schools honor their missions, what they do for young people, the church and the community. Also the schools remember all those involved in Catholic education.

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