Area Catholic schools to celebrate

PARKERSBURG – Next week, Parkersburg Catholic Schools will be commemorating and celebrating the 40th anniversary of Catholic Schools Week with a number of activities to show the community what Catholic schools are about.

Parkersburg Catholic Schools’ students and staff have organized a week of events spotlighting Catholic schools as communities of faith, academics and service beginning Jan. 26, organizers said.

The inaugural Catholic Schools Week, held in 1974, emphasized Catholic education as a gift to the Church and the nation, and challenged students to demonstrate the values of faith, academics, and service in their local communities.

Local events begin on Sunday with an Open House for prospective families with children of pre-school or kindergarten age. Any family interested in investigating early-learning options are welcome to visit the Parkersburg Catholic Pre-School and Kindergarten building, located next to Parkersburg Catholic High School at 3201 Fairview Ave., from 12:30-2 p.m. Staff and administration will be present to meet parents and little ones, and to answer any questions.

The annual Parkersburg Catholic CSW Kick-Off Mass will be held in the PCHS gym on Jan. 27, beginning at 8:40 a.m., with all PC students from preschool through high school seniors celebrating together with local priests. The mass is open to all in the community, whether a practicing Catholic or not.

The activities on Jan. 27 will also feature the third annual PCHS Library’s Cake Decorating Contest, with entries demonstrating a theme of reading. Any community member is welcome to enter, and all cakes will be made available to be sold through a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the library.

* On Jan. 28, PCHS students will be serving non-profit agencies in the community, while PCES students raise funds for the Latrobe Street Mission through a no-uniform fundraiser day.

* On Jan. 29, PCES students will hold a $1 pajama day, with proceeds benefitting St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. PCHS students will enjoy their “Student Appreciation Day” with a morning of bowling at Emerson Lanes, followed by a pizza lunch at school, before continuing with a regular afternoon academic schedule.

* On Jan. 30, any family interested in a Catholic education for a first- through sixth-grader is welcome to attend the PCES Open House, located at the school at 810 Juliana St., from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Parents will gather in the cafeteria for coffee and doughnuts, followed by classroom visits and a short performance by students in the gym. At both schools parents, administration, and students will sponsor “Staff Appreciation Day,” with luncheons honoring the employees who serve the schools.

* Jan. 31 will be the day PCES students enjoy their “Student Appreciation Day”with swimming and games at the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg for fourth-sixth graders, and movies and games at school for first-third graders. Preschool and kindergarten students will also participate in activities in their building, and all students will have a “No-Uniform Day.” PCHS students and staff will celebrate the close of the week with a “Spirit Day.”

Any parent searching for more information on choosing a Catholic Education for their child is welcome to contact Kevin Simonton, principal of PCES at 304-422-6694 or, or PCHS principal Karen Robinson at 304-485-6341 or More information is also available at or

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project supported by the National Catholic Education Association and The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and is sponsored locally by community Catholic Schools.