National School Choice Week provides an opportunity every January to focus on the need for effective education opportunities for all children. This year National School Choice week overlapped Catholic Schools Week which was celebrated from Jan. 27 through Feb.3. Immaculate Conception School in Port Clinton and St. Boniface in Oak Harbor joined more than 2,000,000 Catholic school students in more than 7,800 Catholic schools across the nation to celebrate Catholic education.
At St. Boniface it was a very special week because they still have a Catholic School to celebrate. In January of last year the economy had the school on the verge of closing, but a massive fundraising campaign by parents and parishioners raised over $100,000 and saw the creation of a business plan aimed at keeping the school viable.
“This time last year we were marshalling our forces to survive as a school. And look at us now, with a fully equipped preschool classroom ready to open in the fall, plans to add 6th grade next year, and increasing enrollment. We’re still working hard and praying hard and we’ve been truly blessed by the support of our parishioners and the community.”
Monday at St. Boniface was Crazy Hat and Hair Day, Tuesday was Literature Day, Wednesday Fr. David Ritchie shared one of his favorite books, Thursday they recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet and had an all-school square dance, and Friday there were special speakers and ice cream sundaes followed by family fun night.
At ICS, Monday was Bible Bingo, Tuesday was Crazy Sock Day and Wear Your Uniforms Inside Out Day. Wednesday was Dress Like your Favorite Storybook Character and Just Dance” Day, Thursday was Crazy Hat Day and Friday was Pajama Day. Catholic Schools Week activities were planned by ICS teachers Mrs. Jane Drusbacky, Mrs. Jackie Brown, Miss Michelle Wojciechowski and Miss Mary Heschel.