Catholic Schools Week is a tradition that is looked forward to every year. It is a week dedicated to Catholic Schools and celebrating their identity. This nationwide event is filled with fun, community, excitement, and school pride. When asked about her thoughts on Catholic Schools Week, senior Lia Reckmyer said, “Catholic Schools Week enriches us in our faith and lets us celebrate who we are as a school.”
Mercy embraces this week and has several surprises in store for their students every year, as well. This year, the teachers put on a BirdBox skit to announce the plans for Catholic Schools Week in the middle of a curriculum guide assembly. It was a little shocking to the student body when the lights went out and several teachers came into Franey Hall with blindfolds on, but when the teachers got on stage and started frantically planning the events of the week, everyone got very engaged in this lighthearted production.
Some of the activities announced included a dress down day on Monday, a service project opportunity on Tuesday, college shirt day and Suscipe on Thursday, and pancakes and movie day on Friday.
To get more of an insight on Catholic Schools Week, I talked to Kristi Wessling, the Principal of Mercy High School. Wessling shared that she enjoys Catholic Schools Week because of the opportunity for all of the Catholic Schools to practice and encourage their faith. She even remembers participating in this tradition as a child and loves watching her students embrace what this week has to offer. Her favorite part of Catholic Schools Week every year includes participating in student appreciation day. Some recent student appreciation days have included trips to Family Fun Center and Aksarben Cinema. This year, the teachers were excited to announce that we will be having a pancake lunch and a movie in our fabulous building. With all of the excitement coming up, the Mercy students will be sure to take their blindfolds off and experience an amazing and long-lasting tradition.