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12 ways to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week

National Catholic Schools Week starts Sunday, Jan. 26, and runs through Feb. 1. Join in on the celebration with the following tips, courtesy of the National Catholic Education Association

1. Make it special. Plan the types of events that are the most meaningful to your school community and that celebrate your history and traditions.

2. But don’t try to do too much. Focus on a few well-organized activities that everyone can enjoy. Recognize what you can do with the resources and budget you have.

3. Incorporate the theme. Personalize it to your school to show how you focus on faith, knowledge and service.

4. Pray together. The opportunity to share faith every day is a gift of Catholic education.

5. Serve together. Catholic Schools Week is a good time to highlight the school’s ongoing commitment to service or launch a new service initiative. 

6. Learn something together. Break out from the usual subjects to try something new, a good way to instill a lifelong love of learning.

7. Play together. Set aside some time just for fun.

8. Center on students. Remind them to reflect on the value of their Catholic education.

9. Recognize teachers. Acknowledge the tremendous difference their service makes in the school’s ability to offer high-quality, faith-filled education.

10. Involve families. Schools and families count on each other to reinforce shared values. Thank families for choosing your school and supporting your efforts to educate their children.

11. Single out supporters. Show your appreciation for members of the parish and the community who make your school stronger through their volunteer efforts and support.

12. Extend the feeling throughout the school year. Catholic Schools Week is not the only time to recognize what makes Catholic education special. Instill that feeling in your school community every day.

How are you celebrating National Catholic Schools Week?

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