St. Benedict Catholic School will celebrate the beginning of Catholic Schools Week with a biscuits and gravy breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 28 in the school’s commons.

All are welcome to attend. This event is part of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 28 through Feb. 3. The week’s theme, “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” highlights the school’s focus on faith development, academic excellence, and dedication to community service.

Throughout the week, students at SBCS will complete two service projects. First, students in kindergarten through eighth grade will match up with prayer partners to make Valentines for area nursing homes and prisoners. Then, throughout the week, students will engage in an old-fashioned Penny War to collect money for Catholic Charities’ assistance to families for gas and electric bills during this cold winter.

“We appreciate the support we receive from the community, and we encourage our students to give back through service projects all year,” said principal Diane Liebsch. “It’s part of an effort to provide a well-rounded education.”

Another special activity takes place on Tuesday when Archbishop Joseph Naumann visits Atchison to celebrate a Mass for Catholic students from SBCS, Maur Hill-Mount Academy, and Benedictine College at St. Benedict’s Abbey. Atchison is one of the few places in the United States where one can get a Catholic education from preschool through post-graduate studies. Following the Mass, the Archbishop will enjoy lunch with selected students at St. Benedict Catholic School for a dialogue on the importance of a Catholic education.

Other special activities take place throughout the week, including a SongFest with the Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, an afternoon at the horse races, and viewing Footprints: the Atchison Movie. A family picnic on Friday wraps up the week.

The National Catholic Educational Association is the official sponsor of Catholic Schools Week. St. Benedict Catholic School is one of nearly 6,500 schools across the country celebrating. For more information, call 913-367-3503 or visit

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