Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration of Catholic education and an opportunity to recognize the importance, the value, and the contributions of Catholic education to the Church and the world. Catholic Schools Week is sponsored by the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA). At St. Jude School, a K-8 Catholic School on the Westside of Cincinnati, Catholic Schools week was celebrated all last week with a variety of events and assemblies throughout the week.
At St. Jude, each day of CSW included participation in an out-of-uniform spirit day as well as a special appreciation for groups of people: parents, first responders, teachers, students and the parish community. Students also particpated in a number of special events throughout the week.
On Tuesday, several students and teachers attended Mass downtown with many other Archdiocese schools at St. Peter in Chains while the rest of the students at St. Jude participated in a Living Rosary Prayer Service. On Thursday, the 7th graders were given the opportunity to shine in front of the whole school at an assembly where they competed against each other in one minute challenges. Every 7th grader participated in at least one challenge. They worked together on teams, cheered for each other and demonstrated outstanding comradery among their peers. A new faculty member was so pleased by what she saw, that when asked how she thought it went, she said, “The sense of community at St. Jude among faculty and students is truly heartwarming. The teachers were cheering on their students. The students were excited and cheering on other students. Everyone was so supportive of one another. It was so much fun to watch!” The 7th graders along with the rest of the school proved that they have school spirit and leadership!