Jumpathons and snowball fights

school notes, Catholic Schools

school notes, Catholic Schools

Annual ‘snowball’ fight at St. John Neumann School
COLUMBIA—It may not have been cold enough to snow, but kindergartners at St. John Neumann School celebrated a snow day recently as part of a study on weather and the seasons. Using marshmallows as stand-ins, students practiced their pitching during the annual snowball fight.

Nativity Catholic School, James Island, Charleston

Jumping for healthy hearts

Schools across the diocese participate annually in the American Heart Association’s fundraising campaign.

At Nativity School on James Island, students, parents and faculty spent two weeks engaged in a variety of activities that raised a total of $3,939.50 for the organization.

The effort culminated in the school’s traditional Jump Rope for Hearts event on Feb. 16, when the students enjoyed an hour of jumping activities.

St. Joseph Catholic School, Anderson

The jumpathon included the challenge ring, where students could enter the ring and face an opponent in a jump off; crazy or trick jumping; speed drills; free style, which allowed students to do their own thing; and a rest area.  

Children in first through seventh grade rotated through each station with the help of teachers, parents and the eighth-grade students. The K-4 and K-5 students also enjoyed a variety of jumping games and a ring toss in the center of the hall. 

Several guests joined the fun at Nativity including Michael Golemis, a local boxer; Josie Turner, a Nativity graduate and boxer; Colleen Harrison, a Citadel graduate student, athlete and jump-rope fanatic; and the Chick-fil-A cow.

St. Andrew School in Myrtle Beach also held a jumpathon to highlight how important exercise is to maintaining a healthy heart, and to raise money for the American Heart Association. The students gathered donations totaling $7,160.


St. Leo offers new college degrees

SUMTER—Saint Leo University is now offering degrees in human services administration or health care management to South Carolina residents at its Sumter location.

Courses will begin in March and will be offered evenings and weekends. Both programs will prepare graduates for careers in growing occupational areas.

The Sumter teaching location is at Wise Baptist Church, 2751 S. Wise Drive. Saint Leo has served the community’s continuing education needs for more than 35 years. The main office for Saint Leo’s local Continuing Education Center is at Shaw Air Force Base. Call (803) 666-2221 or visit www.saintleo.edu/Shaw.


Scouts earn religious emblems
COLUMBIA—St. John Neumann Church celebrated Scout Sunday Feb. 7. Father Frederick F. Masad, pastor, presented religious emblems to six Scouts from Troop 287. Four Webeloes received the Parvuli Dei emblem: Joseph Harris, Lucas Canon, Tristan Shelley and Mitchell Phillips. The Pope Pius XII emblem was awarded to Daniel Clements and Christopher Reynolds.