Jan. 29, 2007

Catholic Schools Week at Holy Trinity

By Jenni Sebora

“Good news in education,” is what Winsted Holy Trinity Schools has adopted as its theme for Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28 – Feb. 3.

And Holy Trinity has lots of good news to celebrate and share, staff members note.

At the forefront of this celebration and good news is the dedication to Catholic education, which is the major emphasis of Catholic Schools Week.

Catholic Schools Week is the promotion of Catholic schools, Holy Trinity elementary lead teacher Cathy Millerbernd noted.

“Catholic education is valued. This is our belief, and we feel strongly about it,” Holy Trinity development coordinator Colleen Entinger said.

That dedication to Catholic education shines through in the recent completion of Holy Trinity’s new elementary school.

What started about five years ago with discussion and architectural drawings, has transpired into a brand new elementary school that is connected to the high school.

Students and staff had their first “class in session,” in the new school the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, 2006.

It was a group effort throughout the whole process, Entinger noted.

Through a capital campaign spearheaded by Father Wolf, money was raised for the construction of the new school. And the school is completely paid off, Entinger noted.

The moving process from the old school to the new building was also completed through joint efforts, by staff, students – elementary and high school, and parents.

“The faculty was just as, if not more, excited about it (moving in) as the students,” Entinger said.

The “old” building, which served the church and parish for a century, will most likely be torn down and the area used for needed parking space, Millerbernd explained.

“It (the previous elementary school building) served its purpose for a long time,” Millerbernd said.

A new playground is also in the planning process, and the next step would be to add a gymnasium to the new elementary school.

Entinger noted that this future gymnasium would be a multipurpose area that would give options to the school for a variety of activities.

“The new school is a step for future planning and conveys that “we are going to be around. We are dedicated to Catholic education, pre-k - 12,” Millerbernd said.

To help celebrate the opening of the new school, the bishop came for the dedication of the new building which took place last week.

Sunday, Jan. 28 will kick off Catholic Schools Week with an open house and a family fun fest, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All are welcome to tour the new elementary school, as well as the high school, and enjoy a cookie and refreshment as part of the open house.

In the cafeteria and gymnasium, people can enjoy various activities throughout the day, including a meal and a carnival.

Other activities and events will be occurring throughout the week, including Snofest for the high school students. Students will be participating in different activities in conjunction with Snofest also.

A highlight of the special and busy week will be a visit by teacher and author Patrick Mader. Mader was a former graduate of Holy Trinity.

Mader authored his first children’s book, “Opa and Oma Together,” which is based on his own life experiences and family values. His newest book is titled, “Miracle.”

Mader will be coming to spend the day talking with both the elementary and high school students about the writing process.

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