Students and staff at St. Lawrence School in Milbank will celebrate Catholic Schools Week Saturday, January 30 through Friday, February 5, with the theme “Kingdom of the Son.” Students are also selling raffle tickets in conjunction with the nationwide Catholic Schools week event.
Tickets are available for $5 each. Over $40,000 in prizes will be given away which include a 2016 Jeep Compass or $20,000 cash, vacation packages, gadgets, and much more.
“This is a great opportunity for St. Lawrence School,” noted principal Brenda Anderson. “Funds raised will help support a wide range of student programs, supply our students with up-to-date facilities and equipment, and help to attract and retain first-class faculty dedicated to teaching in an atmosphere of faith. The funds also help keep tuition costs reasonable for local families”
During Catholic School Week, children will embark on a prayer safari. Through their adventures, students will discover that God Listens, God Provides, God Forgives, God Protects and God Rules. “We plan to have a great time with songs, skits, creative crafts, exciting games, Bible stories, and tasty snacks,” said Brenda Anderson, St. Lawrence principal. “All of the things that make Catholic Schools week so much fun for the students. On top of that, we will be helping students to know God through prayer.”
The week will kick off with Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday. A BBQ and hotdog meal for all parishioners, students, and families will follow along with an exciting night of Bingo.
Students will dress up as 100-year olds on Monday. The lesson God Listens will show the students what Jesus has to teach about prayer.
Tuesday’s lesson, God Provides, will explain how Jesus fed 5,000 people. Students will wear pajamas to school and will host Soup Day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for grandparents and the elderly to enjoy.
Students will dress in black and white for zebra day on Wednesday and will hear Jesus tell about an unforgiving servant in the lesson God Forgives.
Thursday, the lesson will be God Protects, where students will learn how Jesus was tempted in the garden. Students will dress in safari clothing for the day and have an afternoon of Safari-themed activities.
The week will wrap up Friday with Spirit Day. Students will wear their new Catholic Schools t-shirts and will learn about God Rules and how Jesus overcomes death. After morning Mass, the fifth grade students will perform a band concert in the gym. Parents and grandparents are invited to an open house from 9:45 to 11 a.m., where they can join the students in their classrooms to see the fun projects worked on throughout the week. The students will enjoy a movie in the gym to conclude the celebration.
The raffle continues through February 28 and involves 15,500 students from 90 schools in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. The official drawing will take place at 11 a.m. on March 10 at Catholic United Financial’s home office in St. Paul, MN, which provides all the prizes. Last year participating schools raised a combined total of more than $1 million in just six weeks.
St. Lawrence hopes to raise $17,000 in ticket sale revenue. This will give the school a chance to win a $3,000 grant from Catholic United if it is one of the top three performing schools based on the number of tickets sold per student. The top selling student at each school will also receive a Kindle Fire HD. The top selling classroom will receive a pizza party.
Raffle updates can be followed on twitter @raffle4schools and on Facebook at facebook.com/catholicschoolraffle.