Catholic Schools Week is the best week of the year. Ask any St. Boniface student. Crazy hats and square dancing, the literature assembly and, of course, Family Fun Night, were all part of their special week.
St. Boniface has plenty to celebrate during Catholic Schools Week 2013. In January of last year, the economy had the school on the verge of closing, but a massive fundraising campaign by parents and parishioners raised more than $100,000 and saw the creation of a business plan aimed at keeping the school viable.
Now the school has increasing enrollment, plans to add sixth grade next year, and a fully-equipped preschool classroom ready to open in the fall.
Students rolled out the week by singing at the 8:30 Mass on Sunday and inviting parishioners to visit their classrooms at Open House. Monday was Crazy Hat and Hair Day with everything from space helmets to shocking pink locks peeking over computer monitors and textbooks. Dress Down Dollar a Day had many kids swapping their uniforms for their favorite outfits and collected over $150 to be donated to Heartbeat of Ottawa County to help parents needing diapers, formula and other essentials for their babies.
Tuesday, the students had a chance to show off their storybook knowledge as they guessed what characters from favorite books their classmates portrayed during the all-school Literature Day assembly.
Fr. David Ritchie met with the students at lunch on Wednesday to share with them one of his favorite books, and the students enjoyed several surprise Random Moments of Dancing for Joy.
Students and teachers began Thursday using their rosaries to recite the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The afternoon was spent in an all-school Square Dance called by phys ed teacher Richard Jones.
Friday afternoon, the students split into groups to hear special speakers come to give presentations on safety and first aid. Oak Harbor Chief of Police Steven Weirich talked to students about what to do in the event that they would need to make a 911 call. Other students practiced checking for breathing and heartbeat and what to say on a 911 call, as instructed by Eagle Scout Quinton Babcock. The afternoon also included ice cream sundaes.
The week culminated in the much-anticipated Family Fun Night, when students, their parents and brothers and sisters all gathered for a potluck followed by games in the gym.
“I couldn’t believe how excited they were all week,” said Dr. Molly Judge of her two sons, Michael and Joey. “So many different things, and it all built up to Family Fun Night. Look at this, how well all the kids know each other and get along, older and younger. It’s like a big family reunion.”
St. Boniface Catholic School currently serves students in grades K-5 of all religions, racial, ethnic and income backgrounds. The 2013-2014 school year will include preschool and grade 6. For information on the curriculum, admissions policies and registration, call the school office at 419-898-1340 or visit www.ourstb.com.
Oak Harbor Chief of Police Steven Weirich talks to students about what to do when making a 911 call.