Catholic Schools Week is Jan. 24 to 30, and schools around York County will be among those celebrating with the theme of “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”
Events begin Saturday, with a York Deanery Celebration Mass at 4 p.m. in the York Catholic Auditorium, celebrated by Rev. Ronald Gainer. That will be followed by the “Battle of the Buildings,” at 5:30 p.m. in the York Catholic gym. It’s a friendly competition among York Deanery school teachers doing “Minute to Win It”-style activities, and admission is a non-perishable food item for Catholic Harvest Food Pantry. York Mayor Kim Bracey is expected to attend.
Here’s a look at some of the other activities happening around the county.
York Catholic: Administrators are providing a special treat on Wednesday, which is Student Appreciation Day, and the home and school organization provides breakfast for faculty on Teacher Appreciation Day. A student talent show ends the week.
St. Joseph Catholic School, Dallastown: The school will host a Geography Bee for fourth through sixth grades. Children can dress down and play bingo on Student Appreciation Day, Tuesday, and a talent show will be held Thursday.
St. Patrick School, York: An open house will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Sunday, and a religion bee will be held Monday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. On Tuesday, expect to see some mismatched clothes as a fundraiser for missions, and that afternoon, fifth- and sixth-grade students will complete a service project at Catholic Harvest Food Pantry. Younger students will work at the food pantry Wednesday.
St. Joseph School, Springettsbury Township: Other events include the Good News Games on Monday, when students will compete based on their knowledge of the Catholic faith, and Project Socks of LOVE on Wednesday, when students will be filling socks with basic necessities to donate to local charities. There’s a poster contest and open house events from 9 to 11 a.m . and 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, too.
St. Rose of Lima School, Thomasville: An open house will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, and the fifth- and sixth-grade STEM Fair will take place throughout the week. On Wednesday, fifth- and sixth-graders at St. Rose church and at Catholic Harvest. The students donated 1,200 cans of food and $650 this fall, so now they will see how the food pantry works. Someone will get to be Principal for a Day on Tuesday, and on Friday night, the school will hold a mini-THON to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund.