WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan and schools in Westchester County are celebrating National Catholic Schools Week through Saturday, Feb. 1.
During the annual celebration of Catholic education, schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.
Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to the church,the community and the nation.
The theme for National Catholic Schools Week 2014 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
As part of the celebration, 151 elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York will offer a variety of different special events and students will participate in various community service efforts throughout the week.
Here are some highlights throughout the region:
St. Patrick School in Yorktown Heights will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week with a faculty and staff versus the 8th grade in a volleyball game; movies and popcorn; parachute day for the pre-kindergarten classes; international day where each class picks a country to showcase (culture, food customs, etc.); math carnival; and student appreciation day with sundae making and no homework.
St. Columbanus in Cortlandt Manor will host crazy hat and socks day, a student versus teacher challenge, an ice cream social and an academic honors recognition ceremony. There will be a dress down day to benefit Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital.
St. Patrick’s School in Bedford will host a school spirit day, an international luncheon, and alumni day and a community service day. The week concludes with Mass on Friday, Jan. 31, followed by a spelling bee and an evening volleyball game between eighth-graders and the faculty.
At Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Pelham Manor, students will enjoy breakfast with senior citizens from the parish. There will be a hot dog lunch, a pajama day and a day to play bingo. Students will write Valentine cards for veterans and nursing-home patients. There will be a food collection and a writer’s workshop with author Jerry Reese.
In New Rochelle at Holy Name of Jesus School, there will musical performances including a Children Choir Recital, a Grandparent’s breakfast and a Pajama Book Fair.