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BY VICTORIA LAFAVE DIOCESAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS MARKETING COORDINATOR Diocesan Catholic School students helped the less fortunate in their com- munities this past Christmas season, with their time, talent and treasure. In doing various service projects, the students fulfilled the category of service in this year's Catholic Schools Week theme of, Catholic Schools: Communi- ties of Faith, Knowledge and Service. Catholic schools across the country, including the nine Catholic schools in the Diocese of Marquette, will cele- brate National Catholic Schools Week for 2016, from Jan. 31 through Feb. 6. Catholic Schools Week in the Diocese of Marquette Catholic Schools is packed with special activities. Some students learn hands-on from community members about different trades and talents, while many students celebrate the special week by using their time and talents to help the less fortunate. One school, Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba, celebrates with entrepreneur day where classes make items to sell. Proceeds from the day go to a charity of the school's choice. Meanwhile, at St. Francis de Sales School in Manistique, students have donated food to their annual Souper Bowl Can-A-Thon for the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Schools will also have special dress- up days throughout the week, giving students the opportunity to dress in their school colors and have special themed days, such as red, white and blue day in honor of our country. Spe- cial Masses will be celebrated at all nine of the schools throughout the week. STUDENTS FULFILL SERVICE PORTION OF CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK This past December, sixth through eighth grade students at Holy Spirit Catholic School (HSCS) in Norway continued serving their community by unloading, sorting, and putting away over 2,500 pounds of food donated during the TV6 Can-a-thon. The students worked in tandem with volunteers from both the Norway Community Food Pan- try and the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry in Norway. These students are developing their ser- vant's hearts by doing acts of service through- out the year, said HSCS principal Melissa Menghini. Students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in L'Anse also donated and helped collect food for the TV6 Can-a-thon. Students in the first and second grades also made posters to help promote the TV6 Can-a-thon. Eighth grade students at Holy Name Catholic School also gave their time in Decem- ber helping the local St. Vincent de Paul Society put together food, cloth- ing and toy baskets for their annual Christmas donations to the needy in the Delta County area. It was a humbling experience to help so many families in our area have a blessed Christmas season, said Amy Chartier, HNCS eighth grade teacher and class adviser. For general information on any of the nine Diocesan Catholic Schools in the U.P., call (906) 227-9137. A com- plete listing of schools and contact information, visit www.dioceseofmar- quette.org/catholicschools. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC January 15, 2016 19 Diocesan schools prepare for Catholic Schools Week WLUC-TV6 reporter Aleah Hordges takes a photo with stu- dents at Sacred Heart School in L'Anse. Students collected food items for the TV6 Can-a-thon, which was delivered to the local St. Vincent de Paul Society. Eighth grade students Madison Quinn, Elizabeth Marenger and MaKenna Pepin all of Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba, smile while helping to sort clothing, food and toys for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. COURTESY PHOTO

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