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St. Patrick's Gets Ready for Catholic Schools Week

BEDFORD, N.Y.—While Catholic Schools Week is two weeks away, St. Patrick’s Parochial School is already gearing up to give its students a week to remember, draw from, and appreciate.

Starting in two weeks from Sunday, January 29, St. Patrick’s will be holding their Open House to kick off the week, with the school holding one of the big-ticket events the day after. The International Luncheon the next day will bring participants from near and far, as the gymnasium will transform into a multi-cultural presentation.

Each grade of the school will represent a different country, which principal Jennifer Ciavirella believes will be a big benefit for the students. “It celebrates diversity, opens up the kids eyes to different cultural experiences. They might never get to Mexico, but they will get a taste of it that day. The parents are all involved in it, they set it up, they cook; it's a lot of fun.”

Following the luncheon on Monday, the rest of the week will include new activities and seminars, including an engineering workshop where students will build their own cars to race, while learning how the weight, aerodynamics, and horsepower effect the speed of a car. Also new will be the anti-bullying workshop, which will focus on the damage done by bullying through social media.

“The anti-bullying which is such a big problem in schools in general, and I don’t want to mask it with religion, or character education, but as a real social media problem, and talk about it as such, which is something new for this year,” said Ciavirella.

But as the principal noted, the week is also for embracing the way St. Patrick’s honors the week in general. “They really enjoy the whole week. There are schools that will do things like silly hat, or silly sock day. We really try to do things that have a purpose to our mission, which is tri-fold: faith, academics, and service.”

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