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OLGC Preps for Catholic Schools Week

Catholic school grew by 4 percent in 2011, bucking national trend.

At a time when Catholic school enrollment is in decline nationwide, (OLGC) is “bucking the trend,” according to Michelle Molz, marketing director for the school.

While overall enrollment nationwide dropped 22 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to the most recent report from the National Catholic Educational Association, Molz said OLGC enrollment grew 4 percent in 2011, and has grown previous years as well. Starting next week, the school will have a chance to celebrate its success during Catholic Schools Week.

The , marked by Catholic schools across the country, serves a dual purpose, according to Molz.

“It’s a wonderful chance for the kids to take pride in what they do every day,” she said. “(And) we invite people into our schools so they can see our students in action.”

OLGC kicks off Catholic Schools Week with an from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Early Childhood Center for parents interested in nursery, pre-K and full-day kindergarten. Molz said prospective parents will have the opportunity to walk through the school and speak with staff and current parents. A will be held from 9-11 a.m. Monday for grades 1-8, while school is in session.

The fun stuff (at least from the students’ perspective) comes later in the week, with a “Buddy Lunch” on Tuesday for kindergarten and eighth grade, a spelling bee Wednesday, Student-Teacher Day on Thursday (in which students dress and act as teachers for the day), and the annual student-teacher volleyball game and pep rally on Friday.

The school will also recognize several individuals throughout the week, including presenting the Graduate of the Year award to teacher Mary Christ and the Sister Michael Vincent Award to Roxanne Adinolfi, a former teacher and current mass cantor who helped craft the school’s strategic plan, Molz said.

The school will also be recognizing to private high schools: Kevin Sampson, 13, to St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, valued at $28,000; Lauren Belecanech, 14, of Moorestown, to Nazareth Academy; and Katelyn D’Ambrosio, 14, of Riverside, to Camden Catholic High School.

Henry January 27, 2012 at 12:33 AM
This article forgot to also mention the success at St.Charles Borromeo school in Cinnaminson! It's great that this geographic area has two successful preK.to 8thgrade schools! St.Charles also has before and after care as well! Kudos to olgc and St Charles schools as we head into catholic schools week. All the best to both schools casino night fundraisers!
Michelle Molz January 27, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Check out our website, www.olgcnj.org, for more photos and video! Email school@olgcnj.org or call 856-235-7885 for a registration packet or to arrange a tour!
Mtown parent January 27, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Hi Henry and Michelle: I see the banners for olgc and hear the radio ads for st Charles school, sounds like you will be having a good time! Btw Henry the St Charles website is www.scbpschool.com 856-829-2778 Hope all have a good week !

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