A week of pride at Holy Name
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McMahon said many perspective families were impressed by the school’s facilities, including the new laptop computer lab.
The week is also designed to instill pride in those already associated with the school. McMahon said the energy shown by the students throughout the week demonstrates that they are proud of Holy Name, and want to share that enthusiasm with others.
Drawing off that energy was a new event this year, a TV-style game show in the cafeteria last Friday morning. Students split into two teams and participated in a variety of physical and mental challenges such as a tug-of-war, dance contest, academic trivia and a vigorous Simon Says match.
Lisa Ortiz, president of the Parent Teacher Organization and mother of two sons at the school, brought the event to Holy Name after seeing a flier. “I think it’s a great ending for Catholic Schools Week, go out with a bang,” she said. “It gets all the kids involved. They’re learning while they’re having fun.”
Ortiz said the activity required teamwork and played to the competitive nature of children and teens. “We’ll definitely put this on the list for next year,” she said.
Many of the eighth-graders spent the week wearing the sweatshirts of the schools they will attend next year. McMahon said 95 percent of them will be going to a Catholic high school.
Because this year’s eighth-grade is so large — two classes instead of one — the student-teacher volleyball game was changed. Rather than the teachers playing the students, the two classes played each other with teachers joining the mix.
The younger students participated in a Spell-a-thon. Children got pledges for each of 50 words that they spelled correctly, with money going to Reason to Smile, an organization that sponsors a school in Kenya.
The event was organized by Honor Society advisors Christine Goldstein and Andrea Ciminelli. Goldstein said the students learned how their smarts can literally pay off. “They’re studying so another kid can have shoes on their feet, a meal to eat,” she said.
Children also participated in a Trike-a-Thon to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.