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Catholic Schools Week kicks off with pancake breakfast Sunday

January 24, 2001|By KELLY RAUSCH, Staff Writer

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.

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"Everybody's invited," Uribe said of Sunday's events.

El Centro Mayor Cheryl Walker will make a proclamation of Catholic Schools Week at the school on Monday. The school will honor people in the community that day.

On Tuesday the school will celebrate Catholic schools through its students with special demonstrations and speakers during an afternoon of career information.

On Wednesday teachers will be celebrated as parents will come to the school and give a luncheon. Teachers will enjoy their meals in peace as parents keep students busy during a lunchtime baseball game, Uribe said.

The school will celebrate its many volunteers and their services Thursday.

The school will close its celebration week Friday as students invite and share lunch with their grandparents.

There are over 2.6 million students enrolled in 8,144 Catholic schools nationwide.

Staff Writer Kelly Rausch can be reached at 337-3442.

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