Trinity Academy in Caldwell celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. This year’s theme was “Faith, Academics, Service,” with numerous activities focused on this national theme.
Several activities represented the school's commitment to faith. The week began with parish celebrations at St. Aloysius Church in Caldwell, Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament Church in Roseland and Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell—Trinity’s three co-sponsoring parishes. A Prayer Service and the distribution of class rings to the students of the Class of 2012 followed on Monday. A special prayer was recited all week celebrating Catholic schools. The week concluded with First Friday Mass at Saint Al’s.
To represent an emphasis on academics, students participated in Academic Competitive Bowls, Wii Competitions, Spelling Bees, and “When I Grow Up Presentations.”
Finally, for the "service" part of this year's theme, students participated in numerous acts of giving back to the community. Service activities included:
- A coat drive which yielded over 200 new or slightly used coats that were immediately distributed to those in need in New York City.
- Over 50 bags and boxes of food were collected and filled the St. Aloysius food panty.
- The Builder’s Club students purchased the items for and made over 300 bologna sandwiches for a soup kitchen in Newark.
- Students also donated items to create many “Birthdays in a Bag” to be distributed at a Women’s Shelter. These bags are available for families who seek emergency shelter for safety during a time when a child would be celebrating a birthday.
- Each student also donated a box of tissues for the “Sniffles for Seniors” project. The boxes, along with a note of encouragement for long winter months, were sent to the Monsignor Kelly residence and the Caldwell Senior Citizen Center.
- Students donated a different denomination of change each day for “Change for Changing.” Some eighth-grade students then cashed in the change at Valley National Bank and went to Jack’s Supermarket to purchase diapers and other changing supplies. Over $1,200 was collected and the changing items will be donated to a local food pantry.
- Students also made “Valentines for Veterans.” A representative from Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen’s office picked up the cards, which will be distributed to local vets.
- Finally, students participated in a “Super, Cereal Bowl.” All students who donated a box of cereal for the food pantry were able to wear their favorite sport’s team apparel the Monday following the Super Bowl. N.Y. Giants apparel was the most popular!
Photos of these and other activities that took place during Catholic Schools Week, including visiting dignitaries, the annual 8th Grade vs. Faculty Volleyball Game, and the Junior High Dance Celebration, can be viewed at www.trinityk8.com.