Fairbanks Catholic schools celebrate National Catholic Schools Week

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - Monroe Catholic High School kicked off National Catholic Schools Week this morning with an all school prayer service.
Julia Laude brings us the sights and sounds of these students.
"Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses."
Mary Vail Butcher; Kindergarten Teacher>>: "It makes me tingle. It warms me up. It just, I love the sense of community that we have at the school and what happened there this morning is the perfect example of it."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Filing in to the gym, students from Pre-kindergarten to seniors joined hands in prayer.
"Pray for us."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: Beginning in 1974, this is the 44th anniversary of National Catholic Schools Week.
For students Grace White and Ryan Michel, this week is a time of connection and appreciation.
Grace White; 6th Grade>>: "I think it also makes us feel like more of a family."
Ryan Michel; Senior>>: "I'm most excited to be able to really give back to the school for what they've done and Catholic Schools Week is the best time to just give our appreciation and show what we're made of."
Julia Laude; Reporting>>: In Mary Vail Butcher's class, her students will be collecting cans to donate to the Food Bank, along with books.
Later this week her kindergarteners will create thank you cards for parents and donors of the school.
Butcher says Catholic Schools week is a great way for students to better understand their faith.
Mary Vail Butcher; Kindergarten Teacher>>: "It's a time of connection. It's a huge time of community building and it's also a time were we really zero in on some of those faith things that we've been talking about all the time and say here's an example of what we've been talking about so it's a great experience for them."
"Go make a difference, we can make a difference, go make a difference in the world!"
Julia Laude; Reproting>>: Reporting from Monroe Catholic High School, this is Julia Laude.