The Chocolate Festival* is an annual fundraising event sponsored by St. Mary’s PTO. This 25-year-old Aiken tradition is open to the public. Admission to the event is free, and game and ride tickets are available for purchase. Children enjoy attractions such as Inflatables, slides, and an obstacle course and kids of all ages enjoy carnival games and the pie eating contest. In preparation for the Chocolate Festival, each class participates in preparing chocolate for the big event.
Gingerbread Day is a St. Mary’s tradition that takes place a few weeks before Christmas Break. Hard-working parent volunteers bake and construct gingerbread houses, and every student customizes their own creation with gumdrops, candy canes, and other festive treats.
Grandparents' Day Mass occurs close to the National Grandparents Day. Grandparents attend Mass with their grandkids and visit their classrooms.
Catholic Schools Week occurs at the end of January. During this week we spend each day celebrating different things about our school. Wether we are celebrating our teachers by giving them thank you notes or celebrating our parish by taking part in Mass, we have a week full of fun! During this week we also participate in the National Day of Giving to Catholic Schools by holding a FUN RUN. Students help raise funds for the school by obtaining pledges for running laps!
Every year around Memorial Day, students honor our armed forces with the Patriotic Program for parents and friends of St. Mary’s School. Each grade performs a classic song such as “The Star Spangled Banner,” “America the Beautiful,” and “Yankee Doodle.” Then, special recognition is given to audience members who have served in the military, and a guest speaker, usually a veteran of the armed forces, celebrates the occasion with a speech. The program concludes with a tableau of students from every grade in a “Living Postcard,” which reflects on the sacrifices our troops make so that every citizen may have the chance to live the American Dream.
The Seventh and Eighth Grade Dance is one of the many events celebrating the end of the school year. The seventh grade parents host the dance to honor the graduating class. During the dance, a montage of photos reminisces on each student – from baby portraits to candid school pictures. The students dance the night away and enjoy and evening of fellowship with their classmates before graduation.