PIQUA — To serve God is always the goal of Piqua Catholic students, but Friday was a day the school dedicated to learning just how to serve Him.
The Spiritual Retreat Day, as it was called, began with a prayer service then split students into different classrooms into “family groups,” which has older and younger students. Intermixing ages allowed the younger students to learn from the older students on the subject.
“(Older students) are being true role models of these kids,” Principal Georgia Hertenstein said.
In the classrooms, students participated in different activities, one being students making their own designs on shoe illustrations in response to the poem “Foot Prints in the Sand.” Following these activities was Mass to keep the conversation going about serving God.
“They are responding well … they are very happy,” Hertenstein said about the spiritual retreat.
Dedication of this day was in response to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati declaring the theme of the year being “We Are Called,” meaning Catholic members are called to serve and spread awareness on the word of God. This is the first year the school started the retreat.
Eighth grader Brendan O’Leary shared what he has taken away from the retreat.
“I think it’s pretty fun actually, because we are not doing the same thing we do every day,” he said. “It’s different because I’ve never done this before, I like it.”
Being one of the oldest students, O’Leary enjoyed working with the younger students.
“I like (working with younger students) a lot, because you get to teach them what you’ve learned through the years of school,” he said. “It’s a pretty good experience for me and for them.”
The school held their first day of class on Aug. 18, with the year starting off in a positive direction.
“We are off to a great start,” Hertenstein said. “There is a lot of love and compassion.”
There are five new teachers at the school this year, with a total of 14.
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