Catholic Schools Week offers open house, events

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg Catholic Schools celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3 with a variety of activities.

The students enjoyed Student Appreciation Days, special dress-up days, community service work, and open houses.

An All-School Mass held Jan. 29 at Parkersburg Catholic High School brought students, faculty, friends and family from pre-k3 through senior high together. Immediately following Mass, upperclassmen mentored younger students, showing them around the school, and allowing them to participate in activities they’d planned.

For their part, Parkersburg Catholic High School held a Student Appreciation Day featuring a cornhole tournament, movies, board games, Wii, basketball and table tennis.

The week wasn’t focused solely on fun, however. Service is a large part of student life at PCHS, school officials said, and students visited local Catholic churches and Sacred Heart Retreat House to help clean, and Ohio Valley Healthcare to spend time with patients doing crafts and playing games.

Parkersburg Catholic Elementary School also visited Ohio Valley Healthcare as part of its service projects. They celebrated with fun activities, too, including a “Dress Like Dr. Seuss Day” and “Crazy Blue & White Day” where students donated $2 to local charities to dress up as an alternative to their usual uniform.

Student Appreciation Day included a bouncy house, games, photo booth and Bingo.

Both schools showed appreciation to their faculty and staff by holding a Hollywood-themed luncheon.

An open house was held at the Early Learning Center on Sunday, followed by the Big Blue Bash, a fundraising event for the schools. Open houses are planned for both the elementary and high schools on Feb. 26.

“I believe Catholic Schools week embodies one of the core tenets of our school, which is service to others. To see our students, faculty and families give so freely of themselves in so many ways this week has been uplifting,” said Greg Zecca, president, Parkersburg Catholic Schools.

The week-long national celebration began in 1974 and is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. This year’s theme was, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Schools typically observe the week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for the students, families, parishioners, and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities, and our nation, school officials said.