Catholic Schools Week opens with a kick

It was the traditional Catholic Schools Week getting started with a kick.

Students and staff at the Marshalltown Area Catholic School’s St. Mary’s attendance center started the special week off with a school-wide game of kickball in the gym Monday.

This year’s Catholic Schools Week has a theme “Raise the Standards” and it is way to celebrate the uniqueness of the schools.

“It’s a reminder of what sets us apart,” said MACS Principal Matt Herrick.

Herrick said one idea that sets them apart is how loving the teachers can be with the students. He cited the school shootings in Connecticut and how a teacher there wanted to hug students and tell them she loves them but couldn’t. Herrick said teachers at MACS are expected to act like that with students.

“The fact that we have that ability is something we want to celebrate,” Herrick said.

Among the other special events this week are the opportunity for parents to have lunch with their children.

“That’s a tradition and it’s an additional chance for parents to be involved and get into the schools,” Herrick said.

Students are also collecting baby items to donate to Birthright International as part of a service learning project. Also, MACS students and staff will be at Hy-Vee from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday to bag groceries to raise money for the school.

MACS includes the St. Henry’s attendance center for grades kindergarten through second and the St. Mary’s attendance center for grades third through sixth. There are current plans for a new addition to built on at the St. Henry’s site and the current St. Mary’s facility to be demolished in the next few years.