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The three Catholic schools in Charles County are celebrating Catholic Schools Week with about 30,000 Catholic school students in the Archdiocese of Washington this week.

Dozens of events have been planned by schools, according to a press release from the archdiocese, for the annual celebration, which highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community.

To learn more

For more information on Catholic Schools Week and to find an open house schedule, go to www.catholicschoolswork.org.

Among the activities at the local schools, St. Mary’s School in Bryantown is putting together bags of food for those in need. The students are providing prayer cards in each bag.

On Friday, students will have a rally in support of Catholic education in front of their school.

St. Peter’s School in Waldorf will hold a food and clothing drive to benefit a local food pantry and Sew Much Comfort, and a special talent show for students.

Archbishop Neale School in La Plata is dedicating each day of this week to a specific group of people. The school showed appreciation to the school’s bus drivers Monday. Bus drivers got a special gift from students.

During the week, the school will celebrate its priests, community members and teachers, with a special day set aside to appreciate students.

Each school will hold open houses and special Masses are scheduled.

According to the release, the Archdiocese of Washington is home to 97 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, D.C., and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2013 is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”

gphillips@somdnews.com