St. Anthony Catholic SchoolBy MICHELLE WARNOCK,
St. Anthony Catholic School is a Christian-based elementary school in Madison that educates children in grades K4 – 6. St. Anthony’s strong academic curriculum is built around a nationally recognized core curriculum while emphasizing math, science, and technology; this ensures that our graduates will succeed no matter where their future leads them.
St. Anthony was the first school in the state to receive the AdvancEd STEM Certification. AdvancEd is the largest accrediting community of education professionals in the world, and the AdvancEd STEM Certification is a mark of distinction and excellence for those institutions and programs that are granted the certification.
St. Anthony is proud to be a Model School in the Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative, Mississippi’s comprehensive statewide arts education program that uses the arts to promote high-quality instruction and learning for students in all disciplines. St. Anthony is also one of only two schools in the state that was recognized by the Mississippi Arts Commission as a “Model of Exemplary Practice in Arts Integration” this school year. Daily infusion of technology and the arts is fundamental to our curriculum.
At St. Anthony, learning is not limited to a chair and a desk. Developmentally appropriate learning experiences such as educational field trips, cultural programs, as well as classroom presentations and programs by outside guests, enhance the education of our students.
From the over-achieving scholar to the competitive athlete, our goal at St. Anthony is for all students to complete their academic expectations with confidence. Believing that every child is unique, we focus on each child’s individual strengths, needs, and gifts. The small class sizes at St. Anthony allow for teachers to know every student as an individual — how he or she learns best and what his or her interests are.
In addition to having a strong curriculum, students are also taught the value of service to others. Students at St. Anthony conducted several service projects this past semester. The school’s student council held a Winter Clothing Drive right before the Christmas break. Coats, scarves and hats, and gloves and mittens were collected and given to Catholic Charities which will provide them to families in need of outerwear during the cold weather. Allie Coats, Student Council Advisor, said, “It’s very important for these children to know that even though they are young, they can still make a difference in their community.” Student council members also held an out-of-uniform fundraiser. The money collected from this event is being used to help other children. St. Anthony students “adopted” children at Christmas and bought them items on their wish lists. Some of the funds will be shared with Sunnybrook Children’s Home.
Sixth-graders organized a canned food drive for the holiday season. All items that were collected were given to a local church to be used in its food pantry. Fifth-graders chose Soles4Souls as a service project. Soles4Souls is a non-profit enterprise that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing worldwide. A total of 644 pairs of shoes were collected and given to Soles4Souls to be distributed to those in need in the U.S. and abroad.
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