St. Mary's students are pumped.
Sunday kicked off the annual Catholic Schools Week at St. Mary's Academy and through Friday, the children will celebrate with a variety of activities scheduled including a triathlon, a hula-hoop contest and pajama day.
On Monday, while first-, second- and third-graders enjoyed roller-skating in the gym, fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders patiently waited in the cafeteria for their turn to skate and commented on what they thought about the weeklong celebration.
"(Catholic Schools Week) means that we like the way Catholic schools lead the way to a good life," said Nolan Todd, a fifth grader at St. Mary's. He said his favorite day of the celebration is beach day, when students dress in beach clothes and go to the gym to watch the sixth grade faculty play a volleyball game.
"I think (Catholic Schools Week) is fun," said sixth-grader Abby Kock. "My favorite day is pajama day. We get to come to school in our pajamas and the fifth and sixth graders get to watch a movie and eat a snack."
St. Mary's Academy has 160 students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade. With a theme of Light The Way, the school will also reflect on the education offered during Catholic Schools Week.
"This is a week we celebrate all we do as a catholic school," said Debra Brillante, a teacher at St. Mary's Academy in Baldwinsville. "It's a fun week, but it's also a week where we celebrate our Catholic faith with Liturgical celebrations and prayer services."
Brillante noted the school's monthly service projects and how they hold a service day that also plays a part in Catholic Schools Week. During their service day, students create Valentine's for troops and participate in a math-athon, which is a math test where students raise money for St. Jude's Hospital through the amount of correct answers they receive on the exam.
The week will conclude Friday with a teacher appreciation luncheon and a show of love celebration.