From Feb. 1-5, the Cathedral Prep community partook in the annual celebratory extravaganza known as Catholic Schools Week. For five long, great days students and faculty alike, could wear their Catholicism on their sleeves proudly. From repping a vintage Harlem Globetrotters uniform on Jersey Day, to a cork tie on Silly Tie Day, to the abundance of Hawaiian shirts on Beach Day, enjoyment was not lacking throughout the week.
But some may ask, what’s the point of Catholic Schools Week? Why have all of these sports tournaments after school, or unique dress downs? Well, private Catholic schools have a sense of individuality. They, unlike public schools, are not forced into uniform curriculum, are not forced to exclude God from the school day, and have the capability to “chart their own path” with Jesus helping out.
Millions of students across America who go to public schools are not graced with the a Christian education everyday. They are not graced with the freedom and liberation Catholic schools have and enjoy. They are forced into common core standards and forced into molds. Classes and are taught to the tests.
Catholic Schools Week is a celebration of our freedom as an institution and connection we have with God everyday. For five days students have the opportunity to wear flamboyant outfits, and let off some steam out on the hardwood after school. Festivities included everything from Blazer Day to a dodgeball tournament, but all had a common theme: fun.
We have to keep all of these things in mind, and be thankful of the opportunities we have. Catholic Schools Week is meant for us to take a step back, and enjoy the things that make our school what it is, and that’s rooted in the Catholic values are school was founded upon.