St. Patrick students receive, give appreciation in Meridian

Dave Bohrer / The Meridian Star

St. Patrick Catholic School students, from left, Ava Peden, Maddox Burford, Zaid Perez Alvarez, Anna Kate Pritchard, Berkley Gowdy (pink hat), Willow Franklin and Josiah Christian celebrate Catholic Schools Week during a ceremony Monday at Meridian City Hall. The students marched in a parade from their school on Davis Street to city hall.

 

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.

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."

St. Patrick students receive, give appreciation in Meridian

Dave Bohrer / The Meridian Star

St. Patrick Catholic School third graders Noah McCaffrey, left, and Chelsea Allen participate in a Catholic Schools Week ceremony at Meridian City Hall. Mayor Percy Bland read a proclamation declaring Catholic Schools Week in Meridian.

 

 

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.

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