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School News in Brief - October 2017

The Northern Cross - October 2017
School News in Brief

Glow run at Assumption

Assumption Catholic School and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Hibbing will hold their annual fall festival and the third annual Glow Run, named Lumen Christi (“The Light of Christ”). The Lumen Christi Glow Run will serve as the school’s major fall fundraising event. “This event just keeps getting better and better,” said Cheryl Hanegmon, school board advisory chair. “Our students have already collected over $10,000 in their first two weeks of pledging. I’m so proud of all their hard work so far.” The Lumen Christi Glow Run will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7, in the field at Assumption Catholic School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., following Blessed Sacrament’s fall festival, which runs from 10 a.m. To 2 p.m. “The community is welcome to join us at our annual event for fun, food, fellowship, games, and raffles,” said Stephanie Rancourt, festival co-chair. Students in pre-K through sixth grade began fundraising in early September by going out into the community and soliciting pledges. Students will run laps around the field in all their earned glow gear the night of the event. Fundraising incentives for the students include T-shirts, glow-in-the-dark face painting, and the top earners will be rewarded with a $250 Visa gift card. A new element has been added this year. Assumption students are selling luminary bags in memory of a loved one, prayer for a world issue, or simply a family donation. The luminary bags will light the way for students to run around a lighted path. Principal Gabe Johnson said, “The students are thrilled to participate in the Glow Run and are working hard to reach their incentives. The funds raised by our Glow Run go directly toward art and music, technology, student programming, STEM activities, student assistance, and other areas that greatly benefit the children in our school and community.” The school has set a fund-raising goal of $28,000. Donations can be mailed to: Assumption Catholic School, 2310 E. Seventh Ave., Hibbing 55746 or online at

St. Francis Foundation Dinner

The St. Francis School Foundation Dinner is set for Friday, Oct. 13, at Madden’s on Gull Lake in the Wilson Bay Lodge. This is the 20th anniversary celebration for the school foundation. Father Seamus Walsh will serve as keynote speaker. Father Walsh was the pastor and superintendent of the school when the foundation was established. Tickets for the event are $135 per person or $1,350 for a table of ten. Social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., with the program to follow. The foundation has played an integral role in the success of St. Francis School through the expansion-improvement project, technology enhancements, and tuition assistance. This year, the school was able to assist 27 families encompassing 60 students with tuition. For information on the event please contact Maria Prozinski at (218) 822-4040 or visit

Simple fundraising options

Diocesan Catholic schools have simple ways for you to help with fundraising for the local school. Many schools collect Box Tops, so clip those Box Top labels and drop them off. Be sure to contact the school as to where their collection site is. Also, many schools provide SCRIP gift cards. Oftentimes these are sold after Mass on weekends. Contact your local Catholic school for a list of businesses that offer SCRIP gift cards. There is no extra cost to you. The business gives a percentage, anywhere from 3-10 percent, back to the school. So call your local Catholic school and purchase the gift certificates before you go shopping. Also, many schools collect shiny paper and plain white copy paper. These can be turned in for money the schools can use for school trips and other school activities. Acceptable paper for collection: magazines, catalogs, shiny newspaper inserts, white copy paper. Not accepted for collection: newspaper, brown paper bags, wet material, garbage, envelops with plastic windows, colored paper, plastic, or phone books. Again contact your local Catholic school to see where to drop off the material.

First day of school

Assumption School in Hibbing began the new school year with the celebration of the Holy Mass, with Father Beau Braun officiating. A special blessing was conferred on the students and teachers, asking God to send his Spirit upon them, filling them with his wisdom and blessings, and that during the academic year they may devote themselves to their studies and share what they have learned from others.