Local Catholic schools celebrate education in unique, special ways

February 11, 2014

HOUSTON — With a theme of "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service," the 60 elementary schools of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston celebrated National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. 

Instituted by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), the week is dedicated to celebrating faith and the exceptional standards of Catholic schools, as well as their achievements and communities. 

It is also an ideal opportunity for these schools to open their doors to parents interested in learning more about Catholic education for their children. Parents find that when they choose a Catholic school, they provide their child with a foundation of faith which will carry them through their entire lives.

From Saints Alive Jeopardy to creating models of the Mars Rover, and from a Living Museum to a Battle of the Books, the schools throughout the Archdiocese celebrated education in a variety of ways. All the activities involved students, staff, families and local communities.

"The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston is once again looking forward to participating in Catholic Schools Week. This national event celebrates the importance of Catholic schools in educating students who become well-rounded, moral and service-oriented members of society," said Dr. George Laird, Interim Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese, as the week approached. 

At St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, students took part in Pigs and Rocket Races. The Mayor of Sugar Land was at St. Laurence Catholic School with a proclamation declaring the day as "Catholic Schools Day." 

The Regis School of the Sacred Heart had an "Earth-tacular" science night in which students built electrical circuits, participated in gravity challenges and more.

Additionally, all schools hosted community service projects. Some schools conducted "Penny Wars" which benefit those served at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. At other schools, students served lunches to the needy. Other activities included a Wounded Warriors project and a community service fair. 

Plus, every school hosted at least one Open House during which parents interested in learning about the possibility of Catholic education for their children toured their local school and had questions answered. "Through activities and events, our schools invite interested families to tour their facilities and learn about our vision, mission, values and curriculum," Laird said. "Persons of all faiths are welcome in our schools, and we offer tuition assistance available to qualifying families." 

Catholic schools are known for their unwavering standard of academic excellence and offer rewarding athletic and extra-curricular programs.The education students receive develops their values in faith and prepares them to be strong leaders and good stewards in their communities. Catholic Schools Week is a perfect way to celebrate these accomplishments.