St. Gregory the Great Catholic Academy Hosts its 8th Annual “Penny Carnival” to Benefit Operation Smile

Each year, to highlight the “serve” component of Catholic Schools’ Week, St. Gregory’s, junior high students create and organize the annual “Penny Carnival.” It is a team effort by the whole school. Children are entertained by the older kids with homemade games of skill, as well as a nail salon, tattoo parlor, an amusing fortune teller, guessing games, and so much more. The highlight of the afternoon is always the “pie in the face” station that brings in the most money. Teachers volunteer themselves for a whipped cream facial and are really good sports. When all is said and done a generous donation of over $1,300 was raised by our students and parents and will be sent to the Smile Train Foundation for children with cleft palate. Not only did we make some fun, but we helped those families with sick children, too. A special thanks to Ms. Mueller and her 7th grade students for all the behind the scenes work that made this Catholic Schools’ Week activity a HUGE success!

Over the years we have donated over $10,000 dollars to various charities due to the generosity of our families and the creativity of our faculty and students. The children look forward to this every year and we will continue this tradition. It is a win-win for all involved.