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January 28, 2013

Coming together

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — As students throughout the region prepare to mark Catholic Schools Week with open houses, service projects and special activities, it’s not just a celebration, it’s an identity.

At DeSales Catholic School, Principal Dr. Scott Fike said a full week’s activities are planned.

Today students will learn a few details on the annual school challenge.

Every year the pupils raise money for a charitable or worthy cause. If they meet their goal, they’re rewarded with something special. Last year, the principal spent the day on the school’s roof.

The challenge — and its reward — is something the students look forward to every year.

During the week itself, there’s something different planned avery day.

The week kicks off this morning with a prayer service in the school gymnasium. Tuesday the school welcomes members of Mount St. Mary’s jazz ensemble. Students will have an opportunity to meet the students from the Kenmore school and get a closer look at the musical instruments thy use.

A school mass highlights Wednesday’s activities. At night, the newest members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society will be inducted. No activities are planned Thursday, but it will be a dress down day with a relaxed school dress code.

Friday is the big day. Students will see a preview of the annual school play and there is a 2-1/2-hour assembly during which games, challenges and other activities take place. Students also learn if they’ve met their annual school challenge — and their reward.

“It’s an event where, if you came for a visit, you’d have to leave the gym and walk down the hall to have a conversation,” Dr. Fike said. “The kids really get into it.”

Dr. Fike said Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity for students to celebrate the education they receive.

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