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Mardi Gras event kicks off Catholic Schools Week

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CARTHAGE — February means Mardi Gras time — not just in New Orleans, but right here in Carthage where, for the past 10 years, the dinner/dance gala has raised funds for Augustinian Academy.

The fundraiser was the brainchild of the late Sister John Mary Brockway, former principal of the parochial school at 317 West St. The event raises on average $7,000 annually to aid the general operations of the school.

This year’s Mardi Gras Gala was Saturday at Carthage Elks Lodge 1762. Raffles and live and silent auctions were featured throughout the evening with chances to win the contents of the Mystery Treasure Boxes, hotel stays or gift baskets.

According to Sister Annunciata Collins, Augustinian Academy principal, the proceeds of the event “assist the Academy in furthering its mission to provide a solid educational experience rooted in faith.”

The dinner/dance kicked off Catholic Schools Week at Augustinian Academy.

An opening liturgy and a breakfast were held Sunday. The 10 a.m. Mass at St. James Catholic Church was followed by breakfast in the church’s community room.

Throughout the school week, special events will be held daily, with most starting at 12:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium.

The academic quiz will be held today. With classes competing against one another from kindergarten to eighth grade, the scholastic contest tests students’ knowledge in math, religion, social studies, English language arts and spelling at a grade-appropriate level.

The winning class will be awarded a pizza party.

Pajama-clad students will share the joy of books throughout the school Tuesday.

Grandparents are invited for a dessert and game hour Wednesday, and a “loving and healthy heart fun hour” is set for Thursday.

The week of festivities concludes with a closing prayer service followed by the faculty versus junior-high volleyball game Friday.

Community members are welcome to attend any of the afternoon activities at the school but are reminded to enter at the West Street entrance and to check in at the office.

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