SEWARD (SNR) – Representatives from Aquinas and St. Mary Schools in David City visited St. Vincent de Paul School in Seward Nov 27, to invite St. Vincent’s fourth-graders to come spend a morning at St. Mary School Dec. 15.
Mrs. Sarah Zook, principal of St. Mary School, visited St. Vincent with two fifth-graders from St. Mary, as well as a sixth-grader, seventh-grader, freshman and senior from Aquinas High School in David City. The high school’s “ Mighty Monarch” mascot also made the trip to greet the children.
Zook said the visit was “a great chance to remind students of their opportunity to continue their Catholic education through St. Mary’s Catholic School for fifth grade, and then Aquinas for sixth through twelfth.” The schools are just 24 miles apart.
“Many students have chosen this path,” she said, “and have greatly appreciated the opportunity that the continued formation provided.”
St. Mary School in David City opened in 1898 and serves 239 students in grades pre-K through 5. St. Vincent de Paul School opened in 2001 and serves students in grades pre-K through 4.
Zook said parents and students from St. Vincent are invited for a “St. Vincent’s Only” visitation day Dec. 15 to attend the school’s “Baptism Mass,” a regular event which celebrates anniversaries of baptisms. The students will then spend time with future classmates, while parents learn more about the schools.
“The most impressive part of the visit with the St. Vincent’s students was that the overwhelming reason the students liked attending Catholic school was the faith component,” Zook remarked, saying the students said they appreciated learning about God, religion class, and attending Mass.
“We appreciated the St. Mary/Aquinas principals, mascot and students coming to St. Vincent De Paul School to inform our fourth-graders of the opportunity to attend St. Mary’s next school year as fifth-graders,” Allen Brozovsky, principal of St. Vincent de Paul School, said. “It is a great opportunity for those 4th graders to continue their Catholic education.”
Aquinas High School opened in 1961 and serves 285 students in grades 6-12.
Aquinas and St. Mary are supported by 13 parishes in the David City Deanery: Ss. Peter and Paul in Abie; Assumption in Appleton; St. Wenceslaus in Bee; Presentation, St. Joseph and St. Peter in Bellwood; Holy Trinity in Brainard; St. Anthony in Bruno; St. Francis and St. Mary in David City; Assumption in Dwight; Sacred Heart in Shelby and Immaculate Conception in Ulysses.