Bishop Donahue High School celebrated Catholic Schools Week with events focusing on Celebrating Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service – the 2017 theme of the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.
On Monday, January 30th, the Bishops began Catholic Schools Week with “Student Appreciation” day. Faculty and staff honored the student body by baking cupcakes for each student at lunch, affirming the positive work the students provide our community through service. Annually, the students of Bishop Donahue perform nearly 2,000 hours of service to the community and donate approximately $4,000 to help those in need.
Serving Marshall and Ohio Counties, the foundation of Bishop Donahue has always been based on family values. That family spirit was evidenced on January 31st when the school hosted its third annual Grandparents Luncheon. Principal Tom Wise said, “We refer to those in our school community as being members of the Donahue family. What better way to witness that belief, than by inviting our students most significant family members into our school! Our senior class invited their maternal and paternal grandparents to a luncheon which celebrated the spirit of the Donahue family.” The remainder of the student body was treated to lunch by the Development Office.
Being a community who seeks to live out the Marks of a Marist School , all students were active participants in two Marist-led retreats on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2. Maureen Hagan, director of Marist Adult Formation, was on hand to facilitate the retreats with the theme of “Servant Leaders as Agents of Justice and Peace.”
Donahue students partnered with the parochial schools of Marshall and Ohio counties on February 3 to serve the Helping Heroes, Inc. Students will perform service through collecting and donating goods to help homeless veterans. “As a school in the Marist tradition, we attempt to serve those in need, and service is an major aspect of our students’ lives. In this effort to provide for the needs of our homeless veterans, we celebrate those who have selflessly served our country.” Wise noted.