MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Students and staff got their red, white, and blue on Wednesday morning as part of Catholic Schools Week.
“We’re showing appreciation to all the men and women that have sacrificed for our country, all the active military, and veterans, and the students had the opportunity to buy flags for $2 and all the proceedings will go to the Veterans Hospital [in Jackson],” says Montse Frias, the principal at St. Patrick School.
The students placed each flag in front of the flag pole right outside the building.
“It’s a really fun day as you can tell, we all dress in red, white, and blue, and it’s probably one of my most favorite days during Catholic Schools Week because we get to celebrate America and being Americans, which is a truly great thing,” says Robin Meek, the lead teacher at St. Patrick School.
A few fifth and sixth grade students read their own poems about peace that were written last week for Martin Luther King Day.
“We read through them, and some of them are just very heart-touching to hear what 11 and 12 year olds feel about freedom and peace in our community, in our nation, and it’s important for them to share that, to share with others how they truly feel about that,” Meek says.
Lead teacher Robin Meek says it’s important for the students to realize the sacrifices made by those who serve.
“It’s very important for us to let our kids know that there are family members out there supporting us so that we can enjoy the freedom to have Catholic Schools Week, to have the events that we are having this week; the kids need to know,” Meek says.
As part of Catholic Schools Week, Monday featured a parade to show appreciation for the community, and Tuesday’s theme celebrated St. Patrick staff and teachers.