BIDDEFORD---While enjoying the gift of a week featuring fun, games, and community, students at St. James School in Biddeford will also take time to show their gratitude to people who have given them so much.
During Maine Catholic Schools Week, Rob Surette, an internationally celebrated artist known for creating pieces at lightning speed, will offer live performances at St. Joseph Church, located on 178 Elm Street, for students (Friday, February 2, at 12:30 p.m.) as well as parents and parishioners (Friday, February 2, at 6 p.m.).
Surette, who is a practicing Catholic, delivers a message of following your dreams and always working hard while amazing audiences with his unique ability to paint detailed, beautiful images in a matter of minutes. He has appeared on Today, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and several other national programs.
As part of the school’s celebration, students will also honor parishioners by hosting a turkey supper following the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Joseph Church on Saturday, January 28. Avery Cadorette, the student council president, will speak at the Mass to offer personal thanks to the parishioners for their contributions to St. James.
On Tuesday, January 30, veterans will be invited to join students at a schoolwide Mass. The veterans will be presented with a gift as a token of the students’ appreciation for their sacrifice. On Thursday, February 1, the students will write thank you letters to local priests and sisters for their service to God.
St. James will also host a variety of special events like a pajama bottom day, a collection day for the local food pantry, classroom door decorating, an academic fair (Wednesday, January 31, from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.), and a day for students to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.
Maine Catholic Schools Week celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment. For a look at activities and projects taking place at other Catholic schools in Maine during Catholic Schools Week, click here.