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Area schools will be doing a variety of things this week to celebrate Catholic Schools Week. This year's theme is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.

Catholic schools in Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties will host a variety of activities, whether they be fun or philanthropic.

Students at Nativity of Our Savior in Portage will start the week by celebrating the 100th day of school. Children and staff will dress as if they were 100 years old. They will also dress like their favorite teacher, enjoy crazy hat or hair day and neon day.

St. Paul students in Valparaiso are holding a Scholastic book fair and will have fun days throughout the week, including pets and pajama day.

The Most Rev. Bishop Donald J. Hying will be at Marquette, Bishop Noll and Andrean during the week to celebrate Mass with the students.

The Diocese of Gary operates 17 grade schools and three high schools in Northwest Indiana. 

“For generations, Catholic schools have created a culture of faith and formation in which our young people can more easily 'put on Christ.' Academic excellence, spiritual depth, moral values and charitable service transform our students, leading them to become leaders themselves, ready to make their contribution to the common good and the healing of the world,” Hying said. “In this celebration of Catholic Schools Week, I applaud our parents, staff, teachers and students who build learning communities, circles of discipleship which are radically grounded in the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Each day of the week, students will be celebrating a number of things including community, students, nation, vocation, faculty and staff.

Tony Bonta, principal at Andrean High School, said a number of students will be going back to their alma mater grade school and talking about Andrean and Catholic schools. On Friday, the students will have a faculty and staff luncheon, and students will present thank you videos to the teachers.

"This week is important because Catholic schools have given a rich history to our country and to celebrate our Catholic faith," Bonta said. "We are called to discover our gifts and talents to serve God and others."

Students at Bishop Noll in Hammond will visit the elderly one day and will have Mass with Bishop Hying on Wednesday. The students kicked off the week with a pep rally on Friday. Noll students will have some fun during the week with wacky, tacky mismatch dress day, and they will go to Albertine Home to visit with residents and sing karaoke with them.

Students at Marquette High School in Michigan City are starting the week with pajama day and will have class color day.


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Annette is Community Coordinator for The Times. She has been with the paper for two decades. A resident of Hobart, she graduated from Purdue University with degrees in English and German.