With pandemic conditions ruling out their traditional all-day St. Patrick's Day, St. Agatha's came up with this!

DAVID F. ASHTON - Some came dressed as fictional superheroes, others portrayed the real-life heroes who inspire them, at St. Agathas Church Catholic School Superheroes Day. Perhaps it didn't make up for the pandemic-related cancellation – for the second year in a row – of Sellwood's St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival at Saint Agatha's Church and School. However, the school's leaders did come up with a unique alternative celebration for their students on Friday, March 12, called "Superheroes Day".

"I'm really looking forward to enjoying the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival when it returns, hopefully, in 2022," remarked St. Agatha's Church Catholic School Principal Leslie Jones, as she welcomed us to outdoor playground area.

Like other parochial schools in our area, Jones said that St. Agatha's is providing in-person education for preschool through eighth grade, while still offering Comprehensive Distance Learning as an option to their families. 

On "Superheroes Day", kids were dressing up as their favorite fictional superhero – or as an every-day hero, such as an emergency or medical first responder. The idea was to celebrate all heroes who inspire, we learned.

Jones remarked, "This year has had more than its fair share of challenges, but our community has come together and has come so far.

"This 'Superhero Day' is in honor of all the accomplishments of our St. Agatha teachers and staff, our parish, school families, and our preschool through eighth grade scholars. Our goal is to remind every member of our community that even during challenging times, that we can do hard things together and find a reason to smile.

"This day is to celebrate the heroes that inspire us and the heroes in us all. But our main goal is to remind students that even when life presents challenges, we can still find something positive, and be proud of our individual and group accomplishments."

Heading back inside to her duties, Jones added, "I'd like to recognize our school office manager, Mrs. Annie Anderson, who has been a great help in coordinating this fun event."

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