Carroll celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Nicholas Volpe

Snow may have interrupted Catholic Schools Week plans, but it did not scuttle them.

The Catholic Schools Week Mass planned for Monday morning will happen Friday morning before first period, and the four dress down days slotted for this week will happen next week. Breakfasts planned for the winners of the Christmas door decorating contest that were supposed to happen this week will happen next week as well.

Carroll’s events are part of the 47th annual National Catholic Schools Week. National Catholic Schools Week is traditionally held the last week in January, according to the National Catholic Education Association website. 

To participate in Carroll’s Catholic Schools Week dress down days from Tuesday through Friday next week, students must donate $2 in exact change for the whole week. The money will be collected during the morning screening process in the cafeteria by Interact, a Carroll student service organization affiliated with Rotary International. 

Students can wear their pjs on Pajama Tuesday and they can wear their best outfits from the past decade on Wayback Wednesday and Throwback Thursday. On Future Friday, students can wear gear from their favorite colleges. Students are not allowed to wear shorts or open toed shoes, but they can wear Carroll pride if they do not want to dress according to a theme.

The students who have Mrs. Bourgeois and Mrs. Gimpel during first period will be treated to breakfast next Tuesday and Wednesday. That’s the reward those classes got for the Christmas door decorating contest. Interestingly, the judging of that contest was supposed to happen Dec. 18, but that was postponed because of a snowstorm that kept students out of the school building. The breakfast reward was supposed to happen Tuesday and Wednesday this week but that, too, got postponed by snow.

People from the Carroll community were asked what Catholic Schools Week meant to them.

  • Barbara Volpe, administration:  “Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of faith, education and community. It is the perfect opportunity to appreciate all that we love about Catholic education.”
  • Lana Pergine, senior: “Catholic Schools Week is a great time for students to come together and appreciate the fact that we can learn about our faith in school and be with our brothers and sisters.”
  • Andrew Hendry, junior: “I’ve been going to Catholic school since I was in pre-K and Catholic Schools Week is always a fun week for school. There’s always fun themes and assemblies and stuff, and it’s all around pretty enjoyable.” 
  • Ashley Sion, sophomore: “Catholic Schools Week reminds me of the importance of being in a school where I can express my Catholic beliefs with my classmates. It is also a way for our school to invite others to our community of faith and education.”