NORTH CANTON St. Paul's School in North Canton celebrated Catholic Schools Week with several activities including producing a video of all the K-8 students singing and performing choreographed moves to the song "They Will Know That We are Christians by Our Love."
According to the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) website, the celebration week has been recognized by Catholic schools since 1974. It’s an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
The celebration starts the last Sunday in January and rus throughout the week. This year, the week ran from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 The video was recorded on Jan. 27 in preparation of the weeklong recognition.
Amie Hale, principal at St. Paul’s School, said the school’s yearlong theme of "Care for God’s Creation" is highlighted at the beginning of the video with students holding up signs.
"We have 333 students participating in the video, which is just one of the activities we have planned for the students and their parents during National Catholic Schools Week," Hale said.
Several groups participated in planning and producing the video, including St. Paul’s technology and physical education classes, the Hoover High School Video Production class and Miguel Chavez, director of Campus Ministry at Walsh University. Hoover’s video production class taped the performance and Chavez was the music director.
"Through dance, choreography and song, this is our way of displaying, sharing and embracing the message of helping others," said Margie Alverez, technology teacher at St. Paul's.
"The students have been practicing 10 minutes in physical education classes for the past three weeks. Students are excited about doing the video and their enthusiasm can be heard in the song. We’ll use the video at the school, for the diocese and make it available to parents," she said.
This year’s theme for the National Catholic Schools Week 2017 is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service." Catholic schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members.