Holy Family School has fun while helping

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Students at Holy Family School made cakes for a cake walk the school had on Feb. 3. The cakes were displayed in the school all week. The students decoraded around a box cake for their designs. Pictured are, from left, Evan Brockway, Tiji Rogers and Maria Wilson.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Holy Family School students made blankets to donate to the Beatitude House during Catholic Schools Week. Pictured are, from left, (front) Camden Forsyth, Silas Blackshear, Tyler Hayes, Mitchell Tofil; (back) Marisa Davanzo, Angelina Rotunno, Alexa Frecko, Aliana Seavina, Jenna Hughes, Paige Ogden, Grace Raymer, David Vuksanovich, Zachary Hryb, Clenn Christopher, Jack Desmond and Jack Pepperney.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Holy Family School gave their students an entertaining day for Student Appreciation Day. They gave students a trip to Training Station Fitness, a presentation by the OH WOW! Science Center, allowed them to dress down and ended the day with a beanbag toss game for charity.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Holy Family Church does a number of service projects sponsored by the Home and School Association during Catholic Schools Week. This year, the three students pictured will donate their hair to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit that delivers hair to children in need. The students are, from left, Hannah LaPlante, Giuliana Ricchiuti and Audrina Jablonski.

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Neighbors | Zack Shively.Holy Family School celebrated Catholic Schools Week on the week of Jan. 29 to Feb. 2 and Student Appreciation Day on Feb. 2. Students participated in service projects throughout the week. Pictured, Rosalie Crawford cut Giuliana Ricchiuti's hair and Carmelina Iamurri cut Audrina Jablonski's hair for donation.

By ZACK SHIVELY

zshively@vindy.com

Holy Family School celebrated Catholic Schools Week on the week of Jan. 29 until Feb. 2 and Students Appreciation Day on Feb. 2.

The school participated in fun activities for the students on Friday, and they also had service projects through the week. The Home and School Association organized the programs for the school.

“We want to focus on teamwork, Christian service and fun,“ principal Kathy Stoops said of the week.

Throughout the week, the students made blankets that will be donated to the Beatitude House in Youngstown. They also had a “Soup-er Bowl“ canned good drive where students brought in canned food to be donated to local food pantries. The school had a cake competition during the week at every grade level. The students began with traditional box cakes and decorated the cakes. They announced the winners of the best cake design at the end of the week. Winning designs included a “Titanic” themed cake, a cake made to look like a porcupine and one designed to look like a hamburger. The school had a cake walk at the end of the week to give the cakes away.

Students participated in two service projects at the end of the week. Hair stylists Carmelina Iamurri of X-Static About Hair and Rosalie Crawford of Luci and Company Hair Studio cut eight inches of hair off from students Audrina Jablonski and Giuliana Ricchiuti, which they donated to Children with Hair Loss, a nonprofit that makes wigs for children dealing with hair loss. Another student, Hannah LaPlante had gotten her hair cut for donation prior to the school day.

“I want to help people that are sick,“ said Jablonski. She also said she was excited to help less fortunate children.

The families of the students stood by in the lobby of the school and cheered as the women cut the children’s hair. The stylists tied the girls’ hair into ponytails and cut each off individually. They allowed the girls’ mothers and brothers to cut off a section as well. The school ended Friday’s school day with a fun “Kornhole for Kids“ event in their gymnasium. The school had the students of each grade gather in a series of lines to compete in a beanbag toss game. Each line had three to four students who took turns throwing four beanbags on a cornhole board. The students had three minutes to throw each beanbag into the hole on the board, grab the beanbags and hand them to the next student in line. The grades all competed against each other for a high score. The staff only counted the beanbags that went in as a point. The students scored 661 total points with all the grades included. The Home and School Association said they would donate twice as much as they score in money, with a maximum of $1,000. The organization gave their maximum amount to Akron Children’s Hospital.

Friday also marked the school’s Student Appreciation Day. The school took some students on a trip to Train Station Fitness in Boardman while other students had presentations by OH WOW! The Roger and Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science and Technology. The school also permitted the students to wear casual clothing instead of their uniforms as a show of appreciation for donating canned goods.

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