Students reflect pride in Catholic education

Ashley Marie Lardizabal, Reporter

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Catholic schools across the nation will celebrate Catholic Schools Week 2015, a yearly week-long event hosted by the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA), during the week of Jan. 26-30.

The week of festivities is usually celebrated during the last week of January. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

During the week, Catholic schools are especially attentive to taking time to pray, reflecting on the benefits of Catholic education and recognizing students for their achievements.

Academy activities for the week include the Living In Faith Experience (LIFE) mass for all students and walk for students in grades seven through twelve on Jan. 29.

The ACCE conference for Catholic school teachers on Jan. 30 will recognize Academy teachers, Cleo Eubanks, Lynn Fonseca, Linda Morinaga, Renaye Oyer, and Elizabeth Sutter, for 20 years of service; Sr. Irene Barboza, ss.cc. and Melody Coloma, for 30 years; and Elizabeth Loo, Sr. Katherine Francis Miller, ss.cc., and Wanda Pila for 40 years of service

SHARP parents will also host a special luncheon on Jan. 28 for Academy teachers.

Lower school students can wear yellow, white and gold to celebrate their school pride while the high school students go on the LIFE walk on Thursday. High school students will be allowed to wear their division t-shirts with knee-length shorts or jeans. Camera and phone use at the park are permitted but prohibited during the walk for safety.

While the lower school students won’t be participating in the walk, they are planning their own festive week.

On Monday, students will take “A Trip Down Memory Lane” while sharing their favorite memory of Sacred Hearts Academy and why they are thankful for attending a Catholic school.

Tuesday celebrates “Helping Hands,” a day that encourages students to be more helpful around campus.

On Wednesday, the lower school student council has a special treat to say thank you for all that their teachers and staff do.