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St. Malachy School celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
The observance allowed students, parents and those who believe in Catholic education the opportunity to celebrate the gift of learning.
The week was kicked off by a fundraiser. Joe’s Fried Chicken came to the Knights of Columbus and made a meal. The school fed 369 and had a net profit if $4,218.
Of that total, $283 will go toward a new smart board, and $3,935 will go toward tuition assistance.
Joe and Andrea Glazik proposed the fundraiser to the school.
Leonard Wirges spoke to students on the history and etiquette of the American flag.
Jim Ellis, commander of the VFW; J. Johnson and Les Kuelbs were also there to speak to the children. They explained how the flag should be displayed, how the flag was used during a funeral service, the meaning of each fold of the flag, and the children even got to hear “Taps.”
Throughout the week, students learned how to contribute to the community by bringing in 93 tubes of toothpaste and 184 toothbrushes, which were donated to Community Service Center in Rantoul.
Some of our students participated in a free throw-shooting contest sponsored by the Rantoul Knights of Columbus. There were more 60 participants ages 10-14 who competed. Len Schmidt helped to run the event.
The school week finished with a Mass of appreciation for all benefactors and families of St. Malachy School. A luncheon for parents and guests followed the Mass, and the children finished the day with games and activities.
The school is currently enrolling preschool and K-8 students for the 2013-2014 school year. Enrollment is open to the community.
A preschool open house will be held April 18. Call 892-2011 for more information about the school.