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January 28, 2013

Coming together


Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — “Some think Catholic school education is a holdover from the 1960s,” Fike said. “Yes, there’s the faith, but we have excellent teachers, state of the art technology and more.”

The week is sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association, of which Dr. Fike is the New York State elementary schools representative.

“A lot of work goes into getting this week ready,” Dr. Fike said. “It’s a celebration designed for all Catholic schools to celebrate what Catholic education is.”

For example, Catholic School Week is also a celebration of family, something that schools in other parts of Niagara County and in Erie County say.

Colleen Politowski, principal of St. Francis of Assisi School in the City of Tonawanda, said the annual event allows the often smaller schools and their students a chance to show off who they are and what they can do.

“I think it just brings everybody together,” she said. “And that’s what it’s all about. We’re a community, we should celebrate being together.”

The school will kick off the week today with Mass at 11 a.m., followed by an open house from noon to 2 p.m. for current students’ families and those of potential students.

“We’re rooted in faith, so to be able to start off with a Mass and bring everyone together, I think that’s important,” Politowski said. “We’ll give them a little introduction to everything, to what we have to offer, to the scholarships and tuition assistance we have available.” A special passport program will allow visitors who collect stamps at six classrooms to enter to win a basket full of St. Francis items.

The events will continue Monday with a field trip, a special visit from Jeff Musial of Nickel City Reptiles on Tuesday, a Wednesday Career Day (during which students will dress up as what they want to be when they grow up) and a spelling bee and storybook character day on Thursday, when students will dress up as their favorite character and chose a special person to come in and read the book with them.

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