The student body at Woodstock’s St. Mary Catholic School increased by nearly 50 on Oct. 6 when the school hosted Bring a Friend to School Day.
Students invited neighbors, friends and relatives to join them for a special day featuring an abbreviated schedule of regular classes, an educational presentation, a pep assembly and a Mass.
One of the highlights of the day was a trip outside to participate in the Animals of the Bible assembly led by Deacon Dennis Holian, McHenry. The children were introduced to llamas, donkeys, chickens, goats, a snake and a dove, while Holian explained how each animal was talked about in the Bible.
The entire student body gathered in the gym for a pep assembly where all the sports teams were introduced and the students and guests played group games like freeze dance. The day ended with an all-school Mass, open to the visitors and their families.
St. Mary Principal Vince Sossong said Friday was one of three days throughout the school year when St. Mary was in session while other area schools had the day off, providing an opportunity to host visitors and show them what a day at St. Mary was like.
“It was a chance for our kids to be disciples and show what we do every day,” said Sossong.
Because of the success of the program, he said St. Mary might try to plan another bring-a-friend day later in the school year.