Parochial schools roll out special events
St. Henry's Area Catholic School and St. Paul's Lutheran School held various activities for students and families last week in celebration of national Catholic and Lutheran Schools Week.
St. Paul's principal Bonnie Stohs said the purpose of the celebration is really that, "We are happy that we are here."
St. Henry's students showcased experiments and projects at their annual academic fair. Kids built displays, conducted science experiments or showcased a favorite hobby. Some included a crystal garden, wood-burning samples and a display of a cow-milking parlor. There were a few towers built from toothpicks, while other students analyzed how color affects taste, or how many grams of sugar are in common drinks.
Among other activities, an annual favorite for St. Henry's students is the afternoon roller-skating at the Perham Area Community Center. This year was no exception, with kids of all ages racing around the rink.
St. Paul's annual celebration was held in January for the first time, as in years' past it was held in March. The school put together various games and activities to make the week fun.
In addition to dress-up days, students had morning muffin dates with their parents, and one afternoon kids teamed up and competed against each other in a giant game of Clue. They took turns asking questions in a race to discover the who, what, where and why of a crime scene.