Celebrating Catholic Schools Week in Jacksonville

Routt, Our Saviour students participate in events, service work in the community

Special to The Source

From Jan. 29 through Feb. 4, Routt Catholic High School (RCHS) and Our Saviour School (OSS) had the distinct privilege to celebrate the nationwide event known as Catholic Schools Week (CSW). Celebrated annually, CSW is an opportunity to promote the exceptional education that comes with functioning as a Catholic school.

The theme of the week for both RCHS and OSS was “Growing leaders through Christ.” Each event that took place throughout the week provided students an opportunity to both celebrate and honor the rich tradition that is a Catholic education. It also provided a chance for students to grow as leaders in their faith.

Service is one of the cornerstones of a Catholic education and to emphasize the importance of giving back to others, students from RCHS and OSS participated in a weeklong mission in the form of a “money war” in support of Midwest Youth Services. Dan Carie and Stevie VanDeVelde, principals at RCHS and OSS, respectively, are proud to announce that the grand total raised by all students, faculty and staff is $2,250.35.

Other activities throughout the week included a chili lunch, a 150th birthday party at OSS, K-12 Mass, a student-led scavenger hunt, a volunteer appreciation breakfast, team-building activities and trivia contests, a talent show, guest speakers and a reading activity where students from Routt Catholic visited pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms to read with the younger students.

“Every year we look forward to Catholic Schools Week,” said RCHS Development/Enrollment Director Colleen Doyle.

“Not only is it a great opportunity for us to celebrate with our students in these various activities, it’s also a great opportunity to promote our Catholic schools right here in Jacksonville. Education has always been a vital part of decision-making for every family and parent and with this weeklong occasion, people can have a glimpse of the excellent standards, formation, programs and teachings that Catholic schools can offer.”

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