St. Clare students celebrate the Catholic Schools Week |

St. Clare students celebrate the Catholic Schools Week

Daily Staff Report

EDWARDS – Last week, St. Clare of Assisi students from Vail to Gypsum celebrated Catholic Schools Week with other Catholic primary and secondary schools across the United States. One of the newest schools in the Vail Valley, St. Clare’s enrollment has grown from just over 100 students in 2000 to 155 today.The theme of the 2005 Catholic Schools Week was: “Faith in Every Student: Catholic Schools.” In recognition of the contributions of Catholic schools, St. Clare of Assisi, which is in Edwards, engaged in a week-long celebration including a variety of events involving students and their parents.On Monday, students dressed up as characters from their favorite fairytale or book. Tuesday’s “Celebration of the Community” found students expressing their thanks to local community service workers. Wednesday’s festivities featured an open house that began with a special celebration of mass. On Thursday students donned the school colors – red and white – and Friday was “Crazy Hair, Nails and Hats Day” and students went home at noon. The school’s annual Mardi Gras Ball, a fund-raiser, was on Saturday. “The best thing about Catholic Schools Week is dress down day,” fourth grader Hayley Clarke said. Ryan Pigg, a fifth grader, summed it up this way: “This helps us to recognize and appreciate how great our school is.”Catholic Schools Week became an annual event in 1974.Vail Colorado

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