Students giggled, smiled and laughed for nearly an hour as they danced in the gymnasium at Holy Cross Catholic Elementary School.
This dance activity, in tandem with the Catholic Schools Week, closed the week of activities at the school. The annual national week of celebration features a dress theme each day, including dress as a parent/caregiver or dress as your future vocation. Activities like the Religion Bowl, sixth-grade student verses, and family game nights were also part of the celebration.
Physical education teacher Brad Hollinger told students and staff ahead of the dance: “They say singing is like praying twice, so dancing should be like praying three times. Everything we do in our dance today, we elevate it as a prayer to God, to honor and glorify Jesus.”
Students from kindergarten through sixth grade sang, danced, and wiggled to songs including “Hippy Hippy Shakes,” “Chainsaw,” “Day-O,” “Chicken Dance,” and “Cupid Shuffle.” Students in grades four through six also helped lead the dances, taking the stage when their group was called.
On Friday morning, the elementary school learned that their school had received the Distinguished School of Excellence Award for Full Formation from the Diocese of Wichita. Holy Cross is one of two out of 38 schools to receive the award. Principal Amy Wagoner said this award is given to a school that demonstrates excellence in these six categories: spiritual formation, physical well-being, intellectual growth, emotional well-being, student engagement and providing opportunities for growth. students.
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Laura Strecker, a teacher at Holy Cross Catholic School for over 20 years, received the St. John Neumann Distinguished Teacher Award.
Although two days of snow closed the school, interrupting the annual week of activities celebrating Catholic schools, the students stuck to their task. In addition to theme days, students prepared homebound care kits, thank you cards for parishioners who support the school, and cards for veterans.