Area schools celebrate Catholic education

Catholic Schools 2013The nearly 20,000 students at 47 Catholic elementary and secondary schools are celebrating National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, and the theme of this year’s celebration is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.” Among the activities undertaken by area schools were the following:

Ascension School, 4600 Lynnbrook Drive gathered Jan. 29 in school “family groups” to compete with hula hoops, jump ropes, bubble-gum blowing, relay races and other events in an Olympic-style event.

DeSales High School, 425 Kenwood Drive, is holding a “change war” during the week to collect money for St. Francis DeSales Parish School in Belle Harbor, N.Y. It is a school that was severely affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Anne Kordes, University of Louisville’s head volleyball coach and a graduate of St. Raphael School and Assumption High School, spoke at St. Leonard School, 440 Zorn Ave., on Jan. 29 about “standards of success.”

St. Nicholas Academy, 5501 New Cut Road, held a prayer service with the Holy Name Band on Jan. 27. The service was followed by a serving of hot chocolate and cookies in the school gym.

John Paul II Academy and St. Patrick School held faculty versus students volleyball games. Eighth-grade students and faculty members at John Paul II Academy, 3525 Goldstmith Lane, held their contest Jan. 29, and middle school students at St. Patrick, 1000 N. Beckley Station Road, face off with faculty and staff today, Jan. 31.

St. Gregory School in Cox’s Creek, Ky., is spending the week collecting items needed by the Nelson County Humane Society. The school is also holding a school-wide air hockey tournament this week.

St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Ky. is holding several events. Middle school students attended a skating party at the Whispering Wheels Roller Rink on Jan. 28. On Jan. 30, students in grades 3 to 5 also went there to skate while students in kindergarten through grade two enjoyed a “Rainforest Animal Show.”

On Jan. 31, elementary grade students attended Mass at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral, then traveled to Bethlehem High School for lunch. And on Feb. 1, there will be an eighth-grade versus faculty volleyball game.

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