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Inland students celebrate Catholic Schools Week

By in Press Enterprise on February 2, 2018

By Ryan Hagen

Some Inland Catholic students took off their uniforms this week to remind themselves why they wear them in the first place.

Catholic Schools Week, which is staged every year across the nation and ends Saturday, Feb. 3, included a few chances for students at St. Catherine of Alexandria Catholic School in Riverside to take off their uniforms.

They dressed as athletes, rock stars, astronauts and surgeons — whatever they wanted to be when they grow up. Those are jobs for which the school prepares them, Principal Enrique Landin said.

St. Catherine Of Alexandria School student Linda Chon dresses as an astronaut to represent what she wants to be when she grows up during a pep rally to celebrate Catholic School Week in Riverside on Thursday , Feb. 1. Photo by Frank Bellino, contributing photographer

The week also involved bringing in canned goods to donate, Mass, pep rallies and other activities. The Diocese of San Bernardino, which covers Riverside and San Bernardino counties, plans an awards banquet for Saturday, Feb. 3.

“Catholic Schools Week is a week we get to celebrate what makes us different in the sense of how we’re able to express ourselves,” Landin said. “A lot of it goes down to the community. We are a small school, but every teacher knows every student and knows the families.”

Each grade at the school consists of a single class, and about three-quarters of the students that start kindergarten at St. Catherine graduate there from eighth grade, Landin said.

Enrollment in the diocese’s 27 Catholic schools was roughly flat for the 2017-18 year, at about 7,500 students, according to the diocesen newspaper. Elementary school enrollment dropped by 35 students, balanced by 38 new high school students.

That’s a contrast with years of national enrollment decreases. In the 10 years since 2006, the number of students […]    

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