St. Agnes students celebrate a busy Catholic Schools Week

St. Agnes students celebrate a busy Catholic Schools Week Betsy Gottsleben cuts the strings of a St. Agnes School student's helium-filled balloons to launch them Friday in celebration of Catholic Schools Week. The launch helped raise funds for the family of Emily Hult, Watertown, the granddaughter of Gwen Mount, St. Agnes parish secretary. She has been hospitalized at the University of Minnesota after being diagnosed last April with neuroblastoma. by David Lias "Where faith and knowledge meet."

That was the theme of Catholic Schools Week, celebrated by the students of St. Agnes Catholic School in Vermillion Jan. 27 through Feb. 2.

St. Agnes administrator Betsy Gottsleben is quick to point out that all of the planning, all of the school manpower, weren't sufficient to make the celebration a rousing success.

"Without the parents, there's absolutely no way we could organize all of these things," she said. "We've had a lot of parental involvement, and I think a lot of the parents enjoyed it, too."

The week-long event focused on the importance of faith and knowledge in different aspects of daily life, including community, the students themselves, the nation, volunteers and teachers.

Highlights of the week included a chili soup and hot dog dinner Jan. 27, and a trip to Yankton Jan. 29 for Mass with Bishop Robert Carlson at Sacred Heart Church.

During the afternoon of Jan. 30, students took part in a living rosary. Parents, grandparents and friends of St. Agnes School were invited to join the young people to be part of the Rosary.

Jan. 31 was Collection Day at the school. Students were invited to bring in their personal collections of items to be displayed in the school gymnasium.

The week ended with a variety of activities, including a balloon launch to raise funds for Emily Hult who is battling neuroblastoma.

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