City Of Norwich Mayor Proclaims January 31 To February 5 As "Catholic Schools Week"
Published: January 19th, 2022
By: Sarah Genter

City of Norwich Mayor proclaims January 31 to February 5 as "Catholic Schools Week" Staff and families of Holy Family School receiving a copy of the mayoral proclamation designating January 31 to February 5 as Catholic Schools Week from City of Norwich Mayor Brian Doliver. (Photo by Sarah Genter)

NORWICH — The City of Norwich Mayor Brian Doliver made a proclamation in honor of Holy Family School at the common council meeting on January 18.

The week of January 31 to February 5 is now proclaimed "Catholic Schools Week," as a way to recognize the hard work of the staff and families of Holy Family School.

"[I] do hereby proclaim the week of January 31 to February 5, 2022, as Catholic Schools Week in the City of Norwich, and encourage all citizens to recognize the dedicated efforts of the faculty, staff, students, and family of Holy Family School, as they continue to exemplify the best of Catholic education in our community," read Doliver.

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Staff and families of Holy Family, including principal Thomas Sorci and faculty member Rachel Ballin, attended the announcement, and received a copy of the proclamation from the mayor.

Holy Family School, located at 17 Prospect Street in Norwich, has provided education to Norwich children since 1922, making 2022 their 100th year in service to the community.

"This year marks the 100th year, the centennial, of offering a high-quality faith based education to children of all faiths," Doliver said. "Each year Catholics nationwide celebrate Catholic Schools Week to recognize the accomplishments of Catholic students across the country. This year the theme, 'Catholic Schools: Faith. Excellence. Service,' continues to be proudly shared."

The private school offers education to children in preschool through sixth grade, which includes traditional classes such as math and science, as well as art, music, and physical education classes. Additional support for parents includes a Parent Teacher Organization, tuition assistance programs through the diocese, and a before and after school care program called "Holy Family Kidzone."

"Catholic schools have a commitment to provide all students with an education that emphasizes academic excellence, the formation of moral values, and a strong commitment to community service," said Doliver. "Since 1922, with the support of surrounding parishes and the guidance of the Diocese of Syracuse, Holy Family School, previously St. Paul's School, has been serving the children and families in our community."

Holy Family is planning several projects for their centennial year. Read more about it in next week's Evening Sun!