February 21, 2024

For the 47th year, Catholic Schools Week will celebrate Catholic education in the U.S. from January 31 to February 6. This week-long celebration is marked with Masses, assemblies and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community.

The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service.” Our Catholic schools are tasked with forming students to love God and their neighbors, and become good members of society, bringing the Gospel to their communities and living as an example of faith.

Brenda Anderson, principal at St. Lawrence School in Milbank, says this week allows them to share the great things Catholic schools do for their communities. It’s a great way to show how invested they are in their students’ education and how much they appreciate the community’s support.

“We love the opportunity, not only to share our faith throughout the school during this special week, but to celebrate it with the entire community,” Anderson said. “It is the perfect time to thank all of those who have helped make St. Lawrence School an amazing place to send your child to receive a faith-based education.”

St. Lawrence School will celebrate Masses, including one with Bishop DeGrood, host a Soup Day, and prepare their classrooms for special activities. With this year’s theme in the classrooms of “Son Quest Rainforest,” they will focus on five different Bible stories and incorporate crafts, games and snacks into their learning. The kids love the special activities during the week.

“They are all so excited and look forward to the fun that we bring into Catholic Schools Week,” Anderson said. “The students talk for years about what fun Catholic Schools Week is, and they share that with their friends who don’t attend St. Lawrence. It is an opportunity for them to share their excitement that comes with learning about God each and every day.”