The annual National Catholic Schools Week celebration in early February has had long term ramifications for the SJCS and Greenville community. Households participated in a week long canned food drive to benefit Loaves & Fishes. Led by the High School Student Council, food items piled in throughout the week while students and staff participated in various events and celebrations:
On Tuesday, SJCS held their 3rd annual Pastors Appreciation Luncheon with more than 20 local pastors and youth ministers in attendance for food and fellowship. Students from SJCS who attend these various congregations were able to spend some time with their pastors before heading to their next class. Represented at the luncheon were: Advent United Methodist Church, Christ Church Episcopal Church, Disciples Fellowship Baptist Church, First Baptist Greenville, First Presbyterian Church, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Lee Road United Methodist Church, Rock of Ages Baptist Church, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church, Townville Presbyterian Church, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.
Of special note was the attendance of Rev. Robert Miles of St. Michael’s Lutheran Church. His blessing granted St. Joseph’s the use of the little house on Augusta Road more than twenty years ago. The beloved Red Door came from this house turned school room for St. Joseph’s. It is now serves as an important symbol of the school’s humble beginnings and mission.
On Wednesday, Student Appreciation Day, middle and high school students participated in a fierce but friendly dodgeball tournament. During Household, every student was treated to cookies lovingly brought in by our volunteers.
On Thursday morning, the school also celebrated our hard working volunteers with a full breakfast spread put together by Flik and Chef Shawn. We are so grateful for everything our volunteers do for our school. It truly would not be possible without them.
Later that morning, the all-school Mass was celebrated by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of the Diocese of Charleston. This was an unexpected gift, as the Bishop decided to make a surprise visit to SJCS! During his homily Bishop Guglielmone shared his own experiences of Catholic education as a child, and how the gifts he received through Catholic Schools have been a life-long blessing and a responsibility for him. After Mass he granted a day off to the students. This gift was, of course, received enthusiastically.
Later that evening, members of the 8th grade class put on their annual play. This year, the students turned their acting talents to the medieval times by performing, The Canterbury Tales…or Geoffrey Chaucer’s Flying Circus.
The very next day, the faculty and staff were treated to the annual appreciation luncheon put together by members of the Parents Guild, once again showing the kindness of our parent volunteers.
Saturday’s MORP dance marked the end of Catholic Schools Week, with over 1,000 food items being collected at the dance alone. The theme of the dance was “Hollywood Red Carpet.”
After the celebrations were over, the message from the Bishop, the kindness of our community members, and the official count for the Loaves & Fishes food drive (2,400 pounds of food) reaffirmed the importance of Catholic Education by showing the community that working together in faith, fun, service, and learning, has a much larger impact outside of this one week.
Winning Households of the canned food collection received a dress down day and a pizza party. Congratulations to:
The Barbarians (Crosby/Tierney): 375 canned items
The MidKnight Riders (Connelly/Lewis): 306 canned items
The House of Durandal (McCoy/Milteer): 295 canned items