Holy Cross School – where children Grow
By Karien Kukla
SUN contributing writer
DEWITT — In 1958, under the leadership of Father Joseph L. Ritchie, Holy Cross School began its journey of lighting the way for more than 1,500 students. Today, 50 years later, dedicated teachers, administrators, staff and parents continue to make Holy Cross School a beacon of light for a new generation of students.
Catholic Schools Week ushered in what promises to be an exciting Jubilee year. Students were active participants at the 9:15 a.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008. After Mass, the school hosted an open house for prospective students and their families, who also had the opportunity to stop into the gym and watch the Holy Cross Basketball teams at play.
In addition to enjoying a week of fun activities, Holy Cross students also reached out to two communities in need. On “Crazy Hat Day,” the children donated money in exchange for the privilege to wear the crazy hat of their choice. Through their generosity, over $400 was raised for the “Water For Life” campaign to support well construction in impoverished African countries. Ticket admission to see Ratatouille on “Movie Day” was the donation of medical supplies. Pajamas were worn, popcorn was popped and fun was had by all. And most importantly, hundreds of medical supplies were collected for distribution to clinics and hospitals in El Salvador.
But the giving did not begin and end with Catholic Schools Week. During the Christmas holidays, each class adopted a refugee family sponsored by Holy Cross Church. Books were collected for the Asian Apostulate at St. John the Baptist Parish, and students responded to the call for “Pennies from Heaven” by donating over $1,500 in spare change for the parish “Educate a Kid Fund.”
Nationally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Elementary Schools, Holy Cross offers a tradition of academic excellence where children grow intellectually. The curriculum includes weekly art and music instruction, together with classes in a new state-of-the-art computer lab. And academically, Holy Cross students continue to shine. Sixth grader Lauren DeLorenzo was awarded a full academic scholarship to Christian Brothers Academy. Fourth graders consistently rank among the highest performers in the county on the state ELA and math exams.
As winter turns to spring, Holy Cross School has a full calendar of exciting events. “Starry Starry Night,” the 11th annual dinner and auction, is April 26th. A fun evening of dinner, entertainment and lively bidding concludes with a raffle drawing featuring three prizes — $10,000, $5,000 and $1,000.
The second grade class has begun preparing for a very special day in May — First Holy Communion. Students also look forward to the annual spring music concert, the Scholastic Book Fair and school carnival. For the sixth grade, June is a time of nostalgia and anticipation, as they look forward to the Boston trip, graduation and a new chapter in their lives.
While Holy Cross has changed since its doors first opened in 1958, the heart and purpose of the school have remained constant — to help build a solid foundation for students to thrive on throughout their lives.
Did you attend Holy Cross School? We are looking for alumni. Please contact Holy Cross School at (315) 446-4890. We would love to hear from you.