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School makes push for Catholic Schools Week

LINCOLN (SNR) - Each year in late January, the Catholic Church in the United States celebrates the gifts and contributions that Catholic Schools make to the Church and society.

The theme for this year’s Catholic Schools Week is: “Catholic Schools: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.”  The term, inspired by the National Catholic Education Association, stresses the significance of what it means to be a Christian leader in modern society.

To launch the new theme, St. Michael School in Lincoln put together a comprehensive approach to promoting Catholic schools that includes a variety of marketing, promotional, and social media elements. St. Michael School is utilizing mass emails, Facebook, Catholic radio, and parish-based videos to reach all parishioners and households within the parish boundaries, as well as the larger community.

The communications herald the strengths of Catholic schools, as well as the particular contributions of Saint Michael School.

Father Kenneth Borowiak, chief administrative officer of St. Michael School, said teachers and CCD catechists are committed to preparing students who learn, serve, lead, and succeed with excellence and integrity.

Father Borowiak also said that households near the parish can expect to find door hangers at their homes soon.

“Student Council and school family members will pound the pavement,” he said, “hanging these custom hangers to personally invite friends and neighbors of St. Michael School” to an open house Sunday, Jan. 28, after the 9:30 a.m. Mass. The event will be held until until 12:30 p.m. 

Residents in the parish boundaries can also expect to receive a postcard invitation to the open house. More than 10,000 households will receive the postcards. Students are invited to color the postcard and bring it to the open house for a chance to win a $25 voucher to the book fair, taking place in the St. Michael School library. 

Special invitations were also sent to grandparents of current students and alumni of St. Michael School.

The open house Jan. 28 kicks off Catholic Schools Week at the school.

“St. Michael School and CCD teachers will come together with students and families for this special event to celebrate unity in the parish and encourage fellowship in the larger community,” Father Borowiak said. 

Artwork, a robotics demonstration, crafts, face painting, a “cake” walk, and food are a few of the featured activities.

Father Borowiak invited parishioners, friends, neighbors, and guests in the larger Lincoln and Lancaster County community to visit Saint Michael and to “witness firsthand the dynamic and innovative contributions of the school, the CCD program, and home-schooled families.”

“Through unified efforts in Catholic schools,” he said, “students receive rich intellectual and character formation, readying them for the 21st century.”

For more information. visit stmichaelmarauders.org.

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