"Hallo-Giving" means service, fun and countless smiles

During an eight-day span at the end of October, St. Agnes School was brimming with festive joy and communal celebration. This October octet began with our annual “Monster Mash Bash”. This memorable costume party event was held on Friday, October 25 and saw our middle school students dance the night away with smiles bright enough to light up the autumn sky. I would like to thank Kisha Stewart and Sherra Hayes for serving as the event coordinators for this social affair.

Before the weekend would end, our annual Trunk-or-Treat event returned to campus. From the creatively decorated vehicles which packed our parking lot, to the spooky activities that turned our cafeteria into a “haunted house”; this family friendly occasion served as the perfect primer for Halloween happiness. A special note of gratitude to our event chair, Stacey Ferguson and her assistant chair, Shaneera Johnson, for their leadership of this fun-filled afternoon.

As “All-Hallows Eve” finally arrived, our young BEARS were brimming with excitement. However, their enthusiasm did not rely merely on the promise of a day filled with sweet candy. Instead, they eagerly awaited a special event we call “Hallo-Giving”. Each year on Halloween children around our country have grown accustomed to being the recipient of delicious treats and little gifts. Although, as a school who believes in teaching our students the importance of "Service above Self", we have reinvented the secular holiday of Halloween and instead use it as a special occasion in which to share the light of Christ with the residents of Frederick Villa Nursing Care Center. With this being said, on October 31, our entire student body paid a special visit to the infirmed residents of this adult care and rehabilitation center in Catonsville. During the visit, our students (dressed in costumes) paraded through the hallways and presented personally designed greeting cards and decorated pumpkins to our elderly neighbors. This day would not have occurred without the generosity of Sharp’s at Waterford Farm who donated 100 pumpkins in support of this service event.

As October ended, the H.S.A. ushered in the month of November with our annual Spaghetti Dinner. This long tenured tradition is an event which serves to unite current students and parents, alumni and alumni parents, faculty, and of course our loyal and supportive parishioners. The kitchen staff who cooked the dinner was comprised completely of alumni parents and the musical trio for the evening included a mixture of alumni and alumni parents. When I asked these dedicated volunteers why they came back in support of St. Agnes, there answer was simple. The education they and their children received at our school provided a strong foundation for a faith-filled and successful life. I would like to thank our event coordinators, Allison Cabrera and Motisola Rowe for their leadership of this fundraising event.

Although it is difficult to believe that nearly one quarter of the school year is now behind us, I look back with fondness on the countless faith-filled events, service activities, community socials, and learning experiences which have helped to form our students of virtue in heart, soul and mind. We are truly blessed!


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