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Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’

Gearing up to celebrate 130 years of education in The Bahamas
Donovan “Jay” Rolle, of Jay Fitness 242, leads St. Thomas More School students in a fitness session.

Bringing together all Catholic Board of Education (CBE) schools, reconnecting with CBE alumni and raising funds for CBE schools is the threefold goal of the upcoming “Catholic Schools Movin’ and Groovin’ Run/Walk”, which will take place during Catholic Schools Week (CSW), January 27 to February 2. CBE will celebrate 130 years of Catholic education in November 2019.

Aligning with a key tenet of Catholic education to commit oneself to service, part proceeds from the Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’ Run/Walk will be donated to the Persis Rodgers Home for the Aged (New Providence) and The Abaco Cancer Society (Abaco).

CBE alumni, parents, former teachers and administrators, friends of Catholic schools, teachers and students are encouraged to come together to commemorate the rich history and influence of Catholic schools in the country on February 2, in New Providence, for the Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’ Run/Walk. The event will celebrate the past, present and future of Catholic education. It will also take place on February 1 on Abaco and Grand Bahama.

Catholic schools alumni are also being encouraged to submit their favorite songs from the years they graduated; the Aquinas College Band members will play the top songs along the run/walk route.

In 2019 CBE will celebrate its 10th Annual Catholic Schools Week, an annual event during which Catholic schools throughout the United States and other territories celebrate Catholic education and recognize the contributions Catholic schools make to local communities.

CBE primary school students, who are encouraged to embrace the culture of giving back, have taken the lead in raising funds by participating in a sponsorship challenge. CBE is now inviting alumni and friends to join CBE students in supporting Catholic schools. Registration for the event is $20. Participation in the run/walk is free for all New Providence CBE primary school students. Leading up to the event, CBE schools will engage in fun and informative fitness sessions designed to promote health and wellness and to get individuals in shape for the event.

“In anticipation of the year 2019 I sing that old, familiar Pointer Sisters tune, ‘I’m so excited, and I just can’t hide it …’ Because this will be another epic year for Catholic schools to demonstrate in traditional and contemporary ways, our commitment to learning, serving, leading and succeeding,” said Claudette Rolle, director of Catholic education.

“At the end of January, we will celebrate the system’s 10th observance of Catholic Schools Week. This week is important to us because it gives us an opportunity to share the positive impact that Catholic education has and continues to have on the lives of many of our citizens from humble and esteemed beginnings. Moreover, we’re thrilled that we will be able to bring our partners, alumni and present scholars together on the threshold of the 130th anniversary of Catholic education in The Bahamas through our Movin’ and Groovin’ Fun Run/Walk event taking place in Abaco, Grand Bahama and New Providence.”

Reverend Patrick Pinder, Archbishop of Nassau, said the Catholic Church’s engagement in education is its largest “footprint” in the social development of the country.

Over CBE’s 129 years, Catholic education has touched the lives of thousands throughout the islands of The Bahamas. The CBE system is the second largest educational system in The Bahamas, behind the public education system. It is the largest private school system in the country.

The inaugural CSW was celebrated in The Bahamas in 2009. The CBE family of schools includes Aquinas College, New Providence; Mary, Star of the Sea Catholic Academy, Grand Bahama; St. Francis de Sales School, Marsh Harbour, Abaco; St. Cecilia’s School, New Providence; Sts. Francis & Joseph School, New Providence; St. Thomas More School, New Providence; Xavier’s Lower School, New Providence; and Every Child Counts, Abaco.

The official logo for the Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’ Run/Walk is an imprint of a foot in the colors of each CBE school, with the cross at the forefront of the logo, illustrating how the various schools and stakeholders come together in communion with one another. It was designed by Shane Stewart, Xavier’s Lower School art teacher.

Sponsors and donors for the Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’ Run/Walk include Aliv, Bahamasair, Focol Sun Oil Limited, Marco’s Pizza and the D’Albenas Agency Ltd.

To register online for the Catholic Schools Movin’ & Groovin’ Run/Walk visit http://cboe.cec.edu.bs/cboerunwalk2019/.

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