St. Agnes students celebrate a busy Catholic Schools Week A future project of St. Agnes students is to help out with a future serving of The Welcome Table in Vermillion. Parents, grandparents and adult friends of students were invited into classrooms Jan. 27 to help St. Agnes students make placemats for the meal. Joanne Beringer lends a hand to student Ellen Hanson. by David Lias "St. Agnes School: Making a World of Difference."
That was the theme of Catholic Schools Week, celebrated by the students of St. Agnes Catholic School in Vermillion Jan. 26-31.
"The fact that Catholic schools are places where faith and values are reinforced daily is a perfect environment for families to see first hand what a difference we all can make," said St. Agnes administrator Betsy Gottsleben.
The week-long event focused on the importance of faith and knowledge in different aspects of daily life, including the parish, the Vermillion community, the students themselves, the nation, volunteers and teachers.
Highlights of the week included an all-school Mass on Sunday, Jan. 26, followed by a turkey dinner served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A verbal auction and a silent auction were also held Sunday.
Parents and other family members of St. Agnes students were also encouraged to visit the school during the week and to have lunch with their children.
Jan. 28 was Collection Day at the school. Students were invited to bring in their personal collections of items to be displayed in the school gymnasium.
On Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 2:30 to 3:10 p.m., 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.
The week ended with a variety of activities, including a balloon launch.
The service project at St. Agnes during the week was called "Pennies from Heaven" in memory of Emily Hult.
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She was diagnosed with neuroblastoma in April 2001, and died Dec. 22, 2002.
Her grandmother, Gwen Mount, the parish secretary, her aunt, Lisa Johnson, and her first cousin, Bennet Johnson, a fifth-grader at St. Agnes, allowed the entire school to pray with them during their very difficult 18 months.
Students collected pennies throughout Catholic Schools Week, and will donate their proceeds to The Ronald McDonald House and to neuroblastoma research.