OLEAN, NY – In honor of National Catholic Schools Week, Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy has scheduled Wednesday two events open to the public.

From 1:30 to 3 p.m., the students will put on a talent show, and at 5 p.m., the modified boys basketball team will play against Persell Middle School.

Other events scheduled for the week include the elementary school scavenger hunt and the middle and high school Kahoots Day, both on Thursday. Kahoot is a learning platform, and the students will use it to explore religion.

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Mary Lou Plesac, director of spiritual life for both schools, said that each year the schools add to their list of on-campus activities. This year additions are Friday’s pancake breakfast and Dress-Down Day in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Friday also will be Crazy Hat Day.

This year’s National Catholic Schools Week theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Plesac said that the freshman, sophomore, junior and senior classes were responsible for making class posters and for giving poster presentations with descriptions or poems that highlight that theme.

“The idea is to celebrate our schools,” Plesac said. “It’s a national event, so every school celebrates differently, but we try to do fun and religious things.”

Senior Kelly Fitzgerald reflected on the private school education she has had for 15 years and said that it has helped her become involved with the school community.

“I’ve been doing this for a very long time,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s always helped me participate with the school.  I just love being around this community.”

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