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Catholic Schools Week events at St. Mary's coincide with Centennial

Monday, January 28, 2013

Msgr. William Cooke, left, is credited with opening St. Mary's School in September 1912. He is pictured with the Clinton Franciscan sisters who ran the early Catholic school. St. Mary's celebrates its Centennial School year with a Catholic Schools Week Mass honoring Cooke Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. in the church.
Storm Lake St. Mary's School will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week January 27-February 1 to recognize the impact of Catholic Schools in our country and in Storm Lake.

Students and staff will be celebrating with a variety of activities during the week. To prepare for the celebration, students in K-12 wrote over 300 alumni, requesting a response to questions such as "What was your favorite activity in school?" "What were you involved in in high school?" "What was school like for you?" The students will share their responses during Catholic Schools Week.

Other Catholic Schools Week highlights include:

* January 26/27 -- students will share school year updates at all five of the weekend masses

* Monday, Jan. 28 -- Parade of Saints in the Parish Center at 2:40 p.m.

* Tuesday, Jan. 29 -- Community Appreciation gifts; K-5 Career Character Day

* Wednesday, Jan. 30 -- 10 a.m. Storm Lake United Coffee in the parish center/cafeteria. Public welcome. As part of the Centennial School year recognition, a school mass will be held at 2:15 p.m. in the church honoring founder Msgr. William Cooke.

* Thursday, Jan. 31 -- PreK-5 students enjoy a picnic lunch in the gym

* Friday, Feb. 1 -- Staff Appreciation coffee

St. Mary's is a fully accredited school educating 320 students of different socioeconomic and different faith backgrounds. The local Catholic School opened in September 1912 with grades 1-8. St. Mary's School's payroll has an $11 million economic impact upon the Storm Lake and surrounding areas. Students from 13 different communities come to St. Mary's for a Catholic Education.

The student body is 37.5 percent minority with 30.6 percent Hispanic, 3.8 percent Black, 2.8 percent Asian and .3 percent Pacific Islander. Approximately 48 percent of students receive financial assistance for tuition. The school is operated under the auspices of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Storm Lake. PreK-5 Principal is Bev Mach and 6-12 Principal is Erv Rowlands.

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