HILLSBORO — The students, staff, and families of St. Matthew School are preparing to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week Jan. 26 through Feb. 1. Catholic Schools Week is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Currently in its 46th year, the week traditionally has been held the last week in January. The theme for 2020 is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.”

Schools often observe the week with special Masses, open house events and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members to participate in and enjoy. Schools focus on the value that Catholic education provides to youths and its contributions to church, local communities and the country.

The celebration at St. Matthew will include a variety of events for all grades that were created to honor St. Matthew School — as well as Catholic schools across the country. Students will enjoy a week of themed spirit days, a staff versus eighth grade volleyball game, a pre-kindergarten through eighth grade open house and Special Friends’ Day — a time when students are invited to bring a friend or relative to join them for part of the school day as their guest.

During Catholic Schools week, the students also will participate in a service project. Recent schoolwide projects include creating Thanksgiving baskets, when each grade collected food items and delivered them to local residences; and a giving tree for donating Christmas gifts and necessity items for needy families during the holiday season.

“The St. Matthew student body continues to work to serve others as Jesus did, celebrating the importance of social justice and community outreach,” said school staff.