St. Patrick Catholic School students stepped out into the community on a crisp, sunny Monday morning to receive some recognition, but also to give back to the community during Catholic Schools Week.
The students from Pre-K3 through sixth grade marched from their Davis Street school to City Hall, led by the Meridian High School Drum Line, to hear Percy Bland read a proclamation declaring Jan. 27 through Feb. 1 Catholic Schools Week in Meridian.
"We celebrate the impact of Catholic Education, the impact that Catholic education has on Christian values in education and the impact it makes on the community," St. Patrick School Principal Montse Frias said.
GALLERY: St. Patrick School celebrates Catholic Schools Week
St. Patrick School in Meridian continued its celebration of Catholic Schools Week on Monday with a parade to city hall, led by by the Meridian High School Drum Line. Mayor Percy Bland read a declaration proclaiming Catholic Schools Week in Meridian. Events began Sunday and continue through Friday.
Catholic Schools Week is also meant to show appreciation for teachers, students, parents, police and other community members, she said.
"It's a week where we give to the community," Frias said. "We're going to give some love bags. The students have been bringing in some things for the needy. And we're going to deliver them to L.O.V.E.'s Kitchen ... All the activities planned this week are to show appreciation for all the people that make St. Patrick's and the Catholic schools around the nation possible."
The week began at Masses on Sunday. Besides Monday's parade, other activities this week include a teacher appreciation luncheon on Tuesday; a celebration of the nation on Wednesday that includes flag planting and a donation to a veterans' home in Jackson; a celebration of religious vocations on Thursday; and a celebration of students and parents on Friday.
St. Patrick Catholic School has 125 students supported by 22 employees and six volunteers.
For more information about the school, visit www.stpatrickcatholicschool.org or call 601-482-6044.