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St. Mary's celebrates Catholic Schools week

Jan. 30—GREENSBURG — Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 27 through Feb. 3, and kids, parents and grandparents celebrated "United in Faith and Community" Saturday with a chili supper.

Celebrated nationally since 1974, CSW is a week-long celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Each year, Catholic parochial schools pick a week in early spring to celebrate their unique faith with themed days and activities after school hours,

The yearly celebration at St. Mary's Catholic School is organized by the St. Mary's Alumni and Friend Association, and the Saturday evening kickoff fundraiser chili supper is always well attended.

With Monday as "Community Day," students dressed like "rocks," emulating their favorite person who celebrates and encourages them (i.e. their "rock"). Later in the day, half of the student body paired off against the other half and played volleyball in the gymnasium with teachers and members of the community showing up as surprise volleyball stars.

For "Student Day" on Tuesday, kids get to wear crazy hair and play at Kids Discovery Factory in the gym with no homework assignments for Wednesday.

On "Nation" Day (Wednesday), some will decorate their classroom doors while others travel to Cathedral Mass in Indianapolis. From 2:10, two students from each homeroom will be selected to parade through the halls, cheered by their classmates, dressed in patriotic red, white and blue.

Thursday, students are asked to bring in ingredients for the "faith family trail mix" (Cheerios, popcorn and the like), which will be made into a trail max snacks for each to enjoy.

Finally, for "Faculty and Staff" day on Friday, teachers will bring in their own baby pictures and students will get to guess the identity of each one. Teachers will enjoy a special long lunch and students will watch movies until the buses arrive.

To learn more about Catholic Schools Week, go to www.ncea.org/csw/CSW/Catholic_Schools_Week.aspx.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com.