Cristo Rey celebrates Catholic Schools Week
Despite spending limited time in their school building, students at a local Catholic school found ways to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 through Saturday.
According to the National Catholic Educational Association, the special week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year theme is "Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service."
Students at Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School were able to celebrate by focusing on different areas of the community on each day of the special week. The decision to observe the week each day gave each student an opportunity to be involved since students are limited to the time they spend in the school building due to COVID-19 safety concerns.
On one day, "Celebrate Community" day, the students wrote notes to healthcare workers at Mercy Hospital who have been battling the COVID-19 pandemic. On another day, called "Celebrate Students" day, the students played bingo during lunch and they also received goodie bags to share in appreciation for their hard work.
On a day designated as a time to "Celebrate the Nation," the students were to receive a virtual visit from a military or government leader who would speak about their own experience with Catholicism. A local priest visited the school's theology class on a day designed to "Celebrate Vocation."
Finally, the school provided treats to faculty, staff and volunteers to "Celebrate Faculty, Staff and Volunteers."
— Carla Hinton, The Oklahoman