Saint Dominic Academy held its first-ever Winter Carnival on Sunday, January 29, as it kicked off Catholic Schools Week.
Current students, as well as family, friends, and community members attended the carnival, which included everything from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing to snowflake making and games of Chutes & Ladders.
“I think this is a fun thing because it really just brings us together as a community with a lot of fun activities to do,” said Tara Nash, grade 7.
“I think it shows everyone that our school is really close, like a big family,” said Eleanor Russell, also grade 7.
One of the most popular events was cardboard sled racing, which drew more spectators than participants willing to climb aboard cardboard creations and slide down an icy hill on the Auburn campus. Then again, getting down proved a lot quicker and easier than climbing up again.
The sleds, which included a giant heart and a race car, were designed by students.
“We were going to do an arrow shaped thing, and then, we decided we were going to stick with a heart,” says Tara, explaining her homeroom’s design.
There was also a fire pit outside, over which students and friends, including Bishop Robert Deeley, tried their hand at melting marshmallows and making S’mores.
Inside, youngsters were able to navigate their way through an obstacle course, thanks to the Maine Army National Guard. There was also basketball, board games, and coloring. And, students from the robotics club demonstrated how their creations worked, taking them for a spin through the cafeteria. Tours were also offered for those unfamiliar with the school and for prospective families.
“It’s one of those days where we invited all the family and friends to come down and just have a nice, fun day,” said Peter Servidio, a fifth-grade teacher. “To see the turnout, both of current families and of prospective families coming in, has been really nice.”
The carnival also featured plenty of treats. In addition to the S’mores, there were cookies, popcorn, and hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.
While most of the activities were held on the Auburn campus, the carnival concluded with an ice hockey clinic and free skate at Norway Savings Bank Arena, located just down the road from the school.
Many other activities are planned on both the Auburn and Lewiston campuses of the academy during Catholic Schools Week, including academic competitions, a schoolwide Mass, and lunch with grandparents.
"I think it’s a really good way for us to all to come together and show everyone that we really like where we go to school," said Eleanor.
On Tuesday, January 31, students will gather at the Auburn campus to assemble a variety of items, including blankets, bookcases, and shelves for several community organizations such as the Trinity Jubilee Center, St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion, St. Mary’s Nutrition Center, and St. Martin de Porres Residence.