St. Lawrence Catholic School in Monett and St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City are preparing to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 29 through Feb. 5.
Catholic Schools Week is an annual national celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the country play in providing a values-added education for America's young people.
Catholic schools are proud of their educational network that emphasizes intellectual, spiritual, moral, physical and social values in students. Catholic Schools Week is a key part of the yearlong National Marketing Campaign for Catholic Schools.
Catholic Schools Week celebrates education that goes beyond preparation for a secular life. It is education that prepares students for a Christian life.
|The theme for the week will be "Catholic Schools - Faith. Academics. Service." The theme focuses on three priorities that Catholic schools establish that make them stand out from other educational institutions.||Children are taught faith, not just the basics of Christianity, but how to have a relationship with God. Academics help each child reach his or her potential and service and the giving of one's time and effort to help others is taught both as an expression of faith and good citizenship.||The schools will be participating in activities throughout the week.|
Activities at St. Lawrence include:
* Sunday, Jan. 29 - A chili cook-off will be held at 11:30 a.m., and students will have their work on display.
* Monday, Jan. 30 - Career Day. Students will also make cards for the nursing homes.
* Tuesday, Jan. 31 - A knowledge bowl competition will be held at 1:30 p.m. in the St. Lawrence parish hall. The public is invited to attend. Students may wear a favorite hat.
* Wednesday, Feb. 1 - Mismatch Day.
* Thursday, Feb. 2 -A talent show will be held at 1:30 in the St. Lawrence parish hall. The public is invited to attend.
* Friday, Feb. 3 - Sixth grade teachers for the day. Students wear favorite sports apparel.
Activities at St. Mary's Catholic School in Pierce City include:
* Sunday, Jan. 29 - All School Mass at 8:30 a.m.
* Monday, Jan. 30 - "Follow the Son Day." Everyone is encouraged to wear yellow to remind everyone to follow God's son, Jesus, in all aspects of their lives.
* Tuesday, Jan. 31 - "Afternoon of Prayer Day" where each class will go to church to say prayers for the homeless, jobless and others who are in need.
* Wednesday, Feb. 1 - "Wake Up to Catholic Schools Day" where everyone can wear pajamas.
* Thursday, Feb. 2 - "Catholic Vocations Day." Students will make and wear a badge representing a priest, saint, nun or other religious person that they admire.
* Friday, Feb. 3 - "Dress Up Day." Seventh and eighth graders will teach in the morning, and everyone is encouraged to dress nicely.