A Community of Faith, Knowledge and Service
Celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2016
Catholic Schools Week is a national annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. This year, it began on Sunday, January 3rd and continued through Saturday, February 6th. The theme for Catholic Schools Week was “Catholic Schools Week: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” St. Ann Model Schools celebrated this notable week with a myriad of fun activities and events.
During Catholic Schools Week, St. Ann Model Schools along with St. Anthony, Kailua and St. John Vianney featured the Windward Vicariate Schools at Windward Mall. Each school presented a display highlighting the wonderful experiences that happen in Catholic Schools everyday. St. Ann’s students and their families helped us to promote our school by speaking at all the St. Ann masses on January 30th and 31st. A display was also created so that our parishioners could get a glimpse into the educational branch of our parish.
Special guests were invited to our campus during the week. The St. Francis School Band and Color Guard performed for students on Monday. It was a pleasure seeing some of our very own St. Ann alumni performing with them! The Knights of Columbus, Council 14620 hosted a Free Throw Challenge and a Soccer Challenge for students in Grades 3-8. During PE classes, a class winner was determined and on Tuesday and Wednesday of Catholic Schools Week, the entire school gathered as they competed to see who would be crowned the school champion. Caleb Hilacion of 7A won the Free Throw Challenge and Brynn Castello of 4A won the Soccer Challenge.
Tuesday, February 2nd was declared our Community Event Day. Each year, during Catholic Schools Week, St. Ann students devote one day to a community event where they can make a difference in the lives of others. This year, students participated in a walk-a-thon, entitled “175 Steps to Help HAHC.” HAHC is the Homelessness and Affordable Housing Committee here at St. Ann Parish. The committee works with the Family Promise of Hawaii and the Habitat for Humanity programs that help aid on the issue of homelessness. These programs are designed to mobilize existing community resources to aid families with children.
It is their goal and our goal to make strides in ending the homelessness crisis here in Hawaii. Students collected pledges and donned their wackiest hats and socks as they warmed up on a chilly and rainy morning. The rain didn’t deter their spirits or their determination as they walked several laps around our campus to raise monies for this worthwhile cause. In the end, the school students raised over $2,100.00 to be presented to these programs.