2009-02-13 / School News

St. Camillus Celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Pictured are third-grade student, John Schilling with his grandpa, Kate Danaher with her grandma and Patrick Minihane with his sister and St. Camillus alumna (current Mary Louis student) Shannon Minihane. Pictured are third-grade student, John Schilling with his grandpa, Kate Danaher with her grandma and Patrick Minihane with his sister and St. Camillus alumna (current Mary Louis student) Shannon Minihane. This year's Catholic Schools Week was themed Catholic Schools Celebrate Service. Charity and service were celebrated with fun, educational and character-building events.

The week began on Sunday, January 25 with a Family Mass at 11:30 a.m., celebrated by the St. Camillus and St. Virgilius parishioners, guests and visitors to the parish. A special thanks is given to St. Camillus students and parents for all baked goods which were served after mass in the school auditorium.

Each morning Sister Agnes White, the principal of St. Camillus, read an opening prayer about service and the importance of it in the world. Catholic Schools Week continued, on Monday and Tuesday, with a school-wide tournament, Green vs. Gold (the school's colors). Grades were divided into the two sides and students competed in a variety of relay races.

Fifth grader, Jimmy Sylvestre and Kindergartener Anthony Budney experience the effects of hot air. Fifth grader, Jimmy Sylvestre and Kindergartener Anthony Budney experience the effects of hot air. All students were great sports while cheering on classmates and friends.

A Bagel Breakfast for students and faculty members was held on Wednesday morning. Parent volunteers helped set up, serve and clean up for the breakfast.

A special thanks is due the Home School Association for all their preparation and hard work on this annual event.

In keeping with the theme of service the students also played a few rounds of Penny Bingo on Wednesday. It was complete silence as students in grades 5-8 listened attentively for the numbers to be called. Students in grades K- 4 invited a special family member or friend to join them in playing. Winners took home a bag of groceries supplied by the faculty of St. Camillus. All Bingo participants brought in 25 pennies which were donated, at the end of the game, to the Ronald McDonald House.

Thursday was an eventful day. The Franklin Institute Traveling Science Show hosted a science assembly on How To Build a Storm. Students were a very captive audience as the instructor, Mr. Josh, showed students how lightening, hail, wind and other forms of storms are created. Students anxiously volunteered and asked questions at the end of the exhibit. Later in the day upper grades worked with lower grades to help make Valentines for United States soldiers stationed in Afghanistan. They also made care packages for the troops filled with toiletries, snacks, canned goods and, most importantly, love and hope for a safe return home.

To close this year's Catholic Schools Week a game of Jeopardy was played on Friday afternoon. Contestants were selected from each grade level and with categories that included Math, Science, Religion, Faculty Facts, School Environment there was something for everyone.

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success thanks to students, faculty, parents and the community working together. Service is something that should be celebrated everyday and is something that is deeply embedded in the hearts and minds of the St. Camillus students and family.

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