Third through fifth graders baked goodies and sold them after the Catholic Schools Week Kick off Mass to help support the Columban Fathers Mission Project. The $327 raised through parishioner’s support will go toward buying crayons and other school supplies for children in Peru and Pakistan. At school the week started with a Prayer Service prepared by student council members. Prayer partners were chosen by taking a colored strip of paper out of a basket which was then made into a prayer chain that hangs in the main hallway. Students also baked cookies to donate for an evening meal at the Stephen Center. Aqua Africa came to speak to students about helping global communities with a water project. One of speakers was Mabior Acouth, the older sibling of one of our students. Students are busy thinking how they can help and serve the people of God in a continent far away from Nebraska after seeing how hard it is for them to get water. Students participated in Spelling Bees and the winners for grades 1-4 are: first grader Molly Orloski 3rd place, first grader Allison Schmitz 2nd place and third grader Anna Mlnarik took first place. The winners for 5-8th grade are: 8th grader Lindsey Wessling took 3rd place, 7th grader Megan Schneider 2nd place and 6th grader Katie Orloski took first place. She will now participate in the Archdiocese Spelling Bee. Buddy classes got together to read and enjoy snacks and we capped off the week celebrating our students many talents at the 5th Annual Talent Show. Many thanks to Alumna, Christina (Hascall) Legner, Class of ‘91 for bringing the Talent Show back to St. Mary’s and for coordinating it for the last five years. Please click here to look at photos from the week. Lots of great memories of fun and fellowship.