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Bishop Larkin students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

Kindergarten student Jack Sheridan romps under a parachute kept aloft by parents and teachers.

MICHELE MILLER | Times

Kindergarten student Jack Sheridan romps under a parachute kept aloft by parents and teachers.

NEW PORT RICHEY

The sky was looking a little bleak last Thursday as school organizers teetered on whether they should go ahead with the scheduled field day at Bishop Larkin Catholic School.

"Pray for good weather" was the instruction from the school's principal, Sister Regina Ozuzu.

So they did, and the rain held off long enough for all the students to participate in the event held in honor of Catholic Schools Week.

Some of last week's activities had students bringing a loved one to lunch, donning crazy hats, participating in a schoolwide pep rally and the kickoff for Olive Garden's "Pennies for Pasta," which raises money to fight leukemia.

Sixth grade students Mia Perez and Elizabeth Morgan got to speak about their school on radio station Spirit 90.5 FM along with third grade student Katie Jones. Eighth-grader Keegan Brylow, who was named "principal for the day" after his parents won the honor during a silent auction held earlier, got to oversee the field day event, wearing a shirt and tie.

"All the children love Catholic Schools Week," Ozuzu said. "We enjoy celebrating Catholic Schools Week because we do so many things."

By the numbers

2.3 million

Number of students in Catholic schools nationwide in 2006-'07

25 percent

Minority enrollment in Catholic schools

13 percent

Non-Catholic enrollment

www.faithfirst.com

Bishop Larkin students celebrate Catholic Schools Week 02/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 3, 2009 4:26pm]
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