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St. Mary’s celebrates Catholic Schools Week

Krystle Wagner • Jan 31, 2018 at 12:00 PM

SPRING LAKE — Each day of Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary’s Catholic School is dedicated to recognizing individuals such as community, staff, students and volunteers.

On Monday, St. Mary’s students spent time focusing on community helpers. Classes prepared special baskets for groups who support the school such as law enforcement officials, Spring Lake District Library, Spring Lake Floral and Harborview Animal Hospital.

“We’re just trying to say a little ‘thank you’ to them,” Principal Steve VanHammen said.

Catholic Schools Week for St. Mary’s officially kicked off with parishioners during Mass on Sunday.

At the beginning of the week, VanHammen said he gave students homework, directing them to thank their parents for making sacrifices to send them to St. Mary’s. He said it’s a financial sacrifice for many families to attend the tuition-based Catholic school; and a sacrifice for the parish, which covers half of the tuition fees, scholarships and budget for the school.

On Tuesday, St. Mary’s Student Council participated with other Catholic school students in Mass at the Cathedral of St. Andrew in Grand Rapids.

Today, the school’s PTO will treat staff members with a luncheon.

When students are celebrated Thursday, they will either go bowling or participate in another fun activity, VanHammen said.

Volunteers and their efforts will be Friday’s focus.

“It’s a great celebration,” VanHammen said.

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