Scenes from Lowell: Ending the Year with a Bang at St. Patrick School

St. Patrick School still has two more weeks of class to go, but the school has been a flurry of activity recently as it gets ready to wish students adieu for the summer.

First up, a week ago Friday, was the annual Dorothy Day celebration in honor of the late Dorothy Spedoski. As a longtime member at St. Patrick Parish, Spedoski was known and loved for her quick smile and generous spirit. Each year, the school holds a service day and hands out an award to one student who best exemplifies Dorothy’s traits of kindness, commitment and perseverance.

In the morning, one parent stopped by the middle school classrooms to share with 7th and 8th graders his experience working with the Peace Corps in Namibia. Then, as part of Dorothy Day, students had their own chance to provide service through projects ranging from spreading mulch on the playground to performing with the band at an area nursing home.

At least one student from each class was nominated for the Dorothy Day Award, and all nominees were recognized during a morning assembly.

This year’s Dorothy Day Award winner was Kieran Albert. The 2nd grader always has a smile on her face and is quick to lend a helping hand. She is the youngest student to ever win the honor. Kieran is shown here with Principal Scott Czarnopys, members of Dorothy Spedoski’s family and Fr. Mark Peacock.

On Saturday, it was time for the school carnival. While typically held during the last week of January, this year’s flu bug resulted in it being delayed to May.

┬áThe PTO-sponsored event included an inflatable slide, plenty of games, a book fair, cake walk, food and…

…of course, a table full of prizes.

New this year was an 8th grade dunk tank which raised $300 for the Alpha Family Center.

Then, on Monday, it was field day. There were parachute games…

Tug of War…

And a little limbo as well.

It’s been a busy two weeks at St. Patrick School, and there is still more to come. There will be class trips, special lunch time treats and a final Mass with Fr. Mark Peacock before he starts his new assignment at Holy Spirit Parish in Grand Rapids this summer.

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