With public schools around the area getting excited for their Sadie Hawkins dance or winter formal, Providence Academy is also getting excited. However, these students are not just anticipating one night, but rather a whole week. Catholic Schools Week, as The National Catholic Educational Association describes is the “annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.”

The association explains that the week begins the last Sunday in January and runs for the entirety of the week. Catholic Schools Week (CSW) has been celebrated here at PA ever since the academy opened.  Mr. Edward Hester, the advisor for the student council, describes in his own words that this week is “the celebration of the existence of Catholic schools in the United States as well as their benefit to the Church and to society.” The 2015 year
theme has been announced as communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service, and Providence Academy is certainly focusing on these aspects.

The week is also filled with many fun activities as well as a small break from the usual load of assignments. The student council is in charge of planning the events for the week and they always bring the school to life. During the school time hours, activities within each grade are in play as well as dress up days such as school spirit,
CSW t-shirts, and fun colors. With the famous girl’s powder puff football game during    homecoming week, it seems only fitting that the boys try out their hidden skills during the annual boy’s powder puff volleyball game.

Along with the day time activities, there is the CSW dance. This year’s event has a Sock Hop
theme. The 1950’s styles such as poodle skirts, leather jackets, chinos, and varsity cardigans
will all be a part of the this year’s wardrobe. When asked how successful these events and
activities are, Mr. Hester responded, “Yes, people do participate because it is fun.” Students at
the Academy definitely have reason for the anticipation for the upcoming week of festivities.

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