Drexel Neumann Academy, Holy Family Regional and St. Francis de Sales schools joined in a nationwide celebration of Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January.
At Drexel Neumann in Chester, each day brought a new activity beginning with an all-school assembly. The remainder of the week included Student Appreciation Day, the Blessings Bag service project, an open house for new prospective students and their parents, a scavenger hunt, assemblies, teacher swap and prayer service.
Each day, the name of a teacher or staff member was pulled from a hat and that person was awarded a prize. Students were permitted to dress down on one of the days for $1 with proceeds donated to a charity.
At Holy Family Regional Catholic School in Aston, students attended an opening mass. The remainder of the week included an open house, Student Appreciation Day, pizza lunch, Teacher Appreciation Day, school wide bingo with prayer partners, and the ever popular eighth grade student-teacher volleyball game.
At St. Francis de Sales School in Aston, Catholic Schools Week opened with a mass followed by an open house attended by current students and alumni, parents and church parishioners.
In honor of the winter Olympic games, the week’s activities took on an Olympic theme, which included a 40-hour service challenge, deCathalon, patron saint activities, writing letters of thanks to local civil servants, an assembly program, a student-teacher trivia contest and parent career presentations. The week culminated with family bingo.
“There is much to celebrate this week but there is much more to celebrate all year-long as Catholic schools do this work each and every day,” said Archdiocese of Philadelphia Secretary for Catholic Education Christopher Mominey. “Our nation would do well to sit up and take notice of this most successful model of education and consider working with us more closely to achieve even better results. In Pennsylvania, we are most grateful for the tax credit model and for the many ways the state helps us achieve our goals. But more must be done here locally and across the country. One week out of the year is simply not enough to highlight the work of Catholic education, but it’s a start.”