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In Olean, Southern Tier Catholic and Archbishop Walsh Academy Observe National Catholic Schools Week

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The freshman class of Archbishop Walsh Academy created a Virtue of Hope poster. Credits: Nicolette DiMura
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Respect was the first word the Archbishop Walsh Academy senior class chose for its poster. Credits: Nicolette DiMura
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Mary Lou Plesac, director of spiritual life for Southern Tier Catholic School and Archbishop Walsh Academy, explains this year's National Catholic Schools Week activities. Credits: Nicolette DiMura
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Senior Kelly Fitzgerald says that 15 years of a private school education have made her feel connected to her school community. Credits: Nicolette DiMura
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First-grader Liyah Derwick, who used to attend public school, says she is most excited for Crazy Hat Day. Credits: Nicolette DiMura
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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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