Pioneers of old — and new

ENDICOTT — The 2008-2009 school year has brought many changes to the OLS-Seton community. They have welcomed a new principal, Mrs. Jo-Anne Rowan, and a new chaplain, Father Clarence Rumble, also pastor of Holy Family Parish in Endwell. Holy Family was formed in August when Christ the King in Endwell closed and its parish community joined with Our Lady of Angels, which­ was renamed. There are some new faces, but old cherished traditions continue.

   The ever-popular and much anticipated spaghetti dinner was held on Election Day night. Family and community friends enjoyed a delicious meal served by seventh grade students. Fifth, sixth and seventh grade classes were also busy preparing for Veteran’s Day. They welcomed local veterans to a “Hall of Heroes” decorated with posters, artwork, poems and research pieces created by the students. The veterans were welcomed with songs and were presented with hand-made “medals of honor.” The veterans enjoyed sharing memories, and the students loved hearing about them.

   On Nov. 21, the third graders invited their third grade friends from neighboring St. Joseph’s School and together they celebrated Pioneers’ Day. The children played pioneer games, sewed corn husk dolls, made pillows, and enjoyed pioneer food. The epicurean highlight was homemade bread topped with butter the students made themselves!

   The school community gathered for a Thanksgiving Liturgy on Monday, Nov. 24. Mindful of their many blessings, the students contributed food items that helped stock the pantries of neighboring out-reach programs.

   Throughout the remainder of the school year, service will continue to be a focus of activities at OLS-Seton Campus. The school community is committed to serving others and living the Gospel message.

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