Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. It sounds like Marquette Catholic High School's mission in motion, but those four words represent the theme for this year's Catholic Schools Week. Marquette will be participating in the 45th annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Catholic Schools Week enables Marquette - and all Catholic schools - an opportunity to highlight the value it provides to young people and the contributions it makes to the community.
The Catholic Schools Week festivities kick off Sunday afternoon when students decorate the hallways of the main building. Each class is assigned a different theme as freshmen (Monsters Inc.), sophomores (Under the Sea), juniors (cartoons), and seniors (childhood TV shows) are assigned various hallways and entrances. Pizza will be provided to those students participating.
Sunday's theme carries on into Monday when students dress as their hallway and hallway decorations for a donation of $2.00. 100% of all donations made from the dress down promotion will be given to Reins of Life, one of Marquette's weekly local service partners. Reins of Life aims to help disabled children and adults through equine-assisted therapy. The entire school will descend upon the Rudy Hart Theatre for the final two periods of the day to take part in a game of Name That Tune.
Our students' many skills and abilities will be on display Tuesday afternoon when the much-anticipated talent show commences at 1:45 pm. The talent show, which has produced memorable musical and vocal performances and comedy sketches, coincides with Pajama Day. Students will also be given complimentary dessert at lunch.
Teacher trivia - Wednesday's activity - opens the day at 8:30 am. Students are encouraged to wear Hawaiian shirts, also. The theme - and attire - shifts from casual to reverent on Thursday when Most Reverend Donald J. Hying visits the Richard and Louise Scholl Student Center for a Bishop's Mass. Our partner schools will join us for a special 9 am celebration of the Gospel. Thursday will be a formal dress day.
The school week wraps up Friday with the Class and Student/Teacher Basketball Game tipping off at 1:45 pm. The classes will play against one another before the students oppose a team comprised of teachers and staff. With perennial MVP Mr. Martin on the injured reserve list, rumors swirl of the students having a prayer this year.
Marquette's development department will also be holding a special Week of Giving in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week. All donations will be matched by Bishop Hying. Last year, Catholic schools raised over $859,000 from 6,957 donors.