Culling big thoughts down into a few words can send a compelling message. “Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Four words that describe the power of a Catholic education and the influence it can have on the life of a student. It’s fitting that those words have been chosen for this year’s Catholic Schools Week Theme.
Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2018 is January 28 – February 3. The theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2018 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”
Check out the following notes on the Catholic Schools Week Daily Themes from http://www.ncea.org/csw and be sure to share with us (send pictures!) the highlights from your week’s celebration:
SUNDAY: Celebrate Your Parish
Start the week by inviting parishioners and community members to parish-centered events and school open houses that feature your outstanding academic programs, religious education and service opportunities.
MONDAY: Celebrating Your Community
Create opportunities for students to take part in service activities—both local and beyond. Doing so, demonstrates the values and faith students gain through their Catholic education and they learn how to make the world a better place. Students can observe how others serve the community and gain an appreciation for how they can continue to serve others their entire lives.
Plan enjoyable and meaningful activities for students and recognize their accomplishments. Encourage students to reflect on the benefits of Catholic education and how the grounding in faith, knowledge and service it provides will help them throughout their lives.
WEDNESDAY: Celebrating the Nation
Communicate the value of Catholic education to government leaders. Share information with leaders on the significant contributions Catholic schools make to the nation and their role in preparing students to be good citizens. Pray for the nation and recognize all those who serve it.
THURSDAY: Celebrating Vocations
By focusing on faith, knowledge and service, Catholic schools can prepare children to use their God-given talents to the fullest later in life. Highlight the opportunities for students to explore the many life paths that enable them to use their talents well in the service of God and others.
Teachers are the backbone of Catholic schools. On this day, honor teachers, as well as administrators and staff who support teachers in their important work, and thank the parents, grandparents, alumni, parishioners and school board members who provide volunteer service.
SATURDAY: Celebrating Families
Parents, guardians and other family members play a vital role in Catholic education. Not only do they volunteer at the school, they instill values and expectations for academic excellence in their children at home. On this final day of CSW, acknowledge the role of families in Catholic education and celebrate their contributions to the success of your school.