St. Mary's Catholic School of El Centro kicks off its recognition of Catholic Schools Week, a national celebration of Catholic education, with a pancake breakfast for parishioners and community members Sunday.
According to a press release, students, teachers and staff will gather each day next week to share knowledge, enjoy each others' company and honor those who help the school provide the academic excellence and spiritual values that make it special.
"It's not just us; it's throughout the nation," said Sister Maria Paz Uribe, St. Mary's principal.
The National Catholic Education Association has organized the annual weeks of celebration for 40 years, Uribe said.
"It's a way of thanking the community and promoting Catholic schools," Uribe said.
"We believe parents have a fundamental and primary right to make decisions about their children's educations. We need to thank them for that," Uribe said.
Mass will be conducted after the pancake breakfast Sunday.