Holy Cross School Participates in Service Learning Iditarod Musher Banquet Table Top Project

Holy Cross School Participates in Service Learning Iditarod Musher Banquet Table Top Project

Dover, DE: Holy Cross School fourth grade students created table centerpieces to be sent to Alaska, as part of a service learning project, to be used at the Musher Banquet in Anchorage on Thursday, March 1, 2018 before the annual Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race begins.

Students in Cathi Bolton’s and Stephanie Seeney’s fourth grade classrooms have enjoyed a year themed around the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race after both teachers spent two weeks of their summer in Alaska with the IditarodEDU Teacher Summer Camp.  The students have studied Iditarod-themed activities in all academic areas including art this school year.  Both teachers along with Sharon Benini, Holy Cross School’s Visual Arts teacher, combined their efforts to enter the student’s table centerpieces into this year’s contest making Holy Cross students “official classroom” volunteers.  

“The children seem to be enjoying the overall theme and what we have introduced so far, however, it has been fairly general background information thus far.  The official start of the Iditarod is the first Sunday in March, so we will be more actively participating in activities in the next few weeks/months such as researching mushers, looking at the rules and guidelines for the race, gathering and budgeting for supplies, writing to mushers, and following the race,” explains Cathi Bolton, Holy Cross fourth grade teacher.

Students submitted their decoration ideas to the Iditarod EDU committee in early November and were told in early January that their centerpieces qualified to be sent to Alaska. 

“The Iditarod takes place because thousands of volunteers play major roles in every aspect of the race and the events that surround it,” posted Jen Reiter from IditarodEDU.


First Trimester Honor Roll 2017 - 2018

Congratulations to the First Trimester Honor Roll Recipients for the 2017 - 2018 School Year


Student Council Holds Thanksgiving Food Drive

Student Council Food Drive Announcement: November 1, 2017

Last week Student Council sponsored our first food drive for this year. Thanks to all of the food donations from Holy Cross students, many families will have a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner! Over 1,000 pounds of food was collected and given to the Holy Cross Samaritan Food Pantry. Our families gave generously and in turn students enjoyed a Tag Day.

Written by Sacha M., Secretary

Picture by Madison W., Historian


Holy Cross Holds Annual First Responder Day

October 2, 2017 posted from the Delaware State Police Newsroom:

This past week the Delaware State Police with several agencies partnered for the Annual Public Safety Day at the Holy Cross School in Dover. The students and staff were introduced to many of the state and local agencies within Delaware. All classes were able to meet and interact with the First Responders that work in their community. Some of the First Responder presentations included: “Stranger Danger”, How to use 9-1-1, Bicycle safety, “Run, Yell, Tell,” Pedestrian Safety, Fire Safety and many more useful and safe strategies for students. 

The Delaware State Police provided the Aviation Unit Helicopter Static Display, Mounted Patrol Unit Draft Horses, K-9 demonstrations, Collision Reconstruction Unit ‘Seatbelt Convincer’, Troopers from the Community Outreach Unit, Public Information Office, Youth Aid and Troop 3, Camden as well as a Public Safety Liaison/Coordinator.

We thank the following agencies and units for participating; the Dover Police Department Motor unit, Crime Scene, Evidence, Drug Unit and “Chase from Paw Patrol”, Kent County Paramedics, Delaware State Fire School, Dover Fire Department, Camden-Wyoming Fire Company, Delaware Department of Transportation and Delaware Office of Highway Safety.

"This was such a wonderful day for the students at Holy Cross School. To be part of a multi-agency effort dedicated to educating and bringing awareness to students from preschool to 8th grade was amazing. Working alongside of these professionals in the law enforcement community was an absolute pleasure," stated Master Corporal Angela Garnsey Delaware State Police, Public Safety Coordinator.

"It’s important that we teach our children that the real superheroes of our time are not the imaginary figures seen on the big screen; but rather to honor and respect those who have dedicated themselves and their real life, God given skills to the protection and security of our communities," explains Mrs. Linda Pollitt, Holy Cross School Administrator.

Holy Cross Artists Win Honors at the Delaware State Fair

Holy Cross Artists Win Honors at the Delaware State Fair Submitted by Mrs. Benini

Brooklyn D. and Rachel M. both entered their beautiful artwork in the Delaware State Fair art competitions this summer. Both Rachel and Brooklyn received high honors for their art! We are so proud of them. Congratulations to both!



Imagine…“Whirled Peace”

September 21, 2017


Dover, DE: In today’s world, peace needs to become more than just a word.  On September 21, 2017, Holy Cross School took part in an International art and literacy project, Pinwheels for Peace by “planting” pinwheels with messages of peace at each of the school buildings on the grounds of Holy Cross School.


Pinwheels for Peace is an art installation project started in 2005 by two Art teachers, Ann Ayers and Ellen McMillan, of Coconut Creek, Florida, as a way for students to express their feelings about what’s going on in the world and in their lives.  In the first year, groups in over 1,325 locations throughout the world were spinning pinwheels on September 21st - there were approximately 500,000 pinwheels spinning throughout the world. In 2014, over 4.5 million pinwheels were spinning in over 3,500 locations, including the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, Canada, the Middle East, Africa and South America. Locally, Mrs. Sharon Benini, Holy Cross School Art teacher, will be coordinating the Pinwheels for Peace project this year.


This project is non-political – peace doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with the conflict of war, it can be related to violence/intolerance in our daily lives, to peace of mind.  To each of us, peace can take on a different meaning, but, in the end, it all comes down to a simple definition: “a state of calm and serenity, with no anxiety, the absence of violence, freedom from conflict or disagreement among people or groups of people.”


Holy Cross School students created pinwheels, pinwheels of all shapes and sizes – as part of the creation process, the students wrote their thoughts about "war and peace / tolerance/ living in harmony with others" on one side. On the other side, they drew, painted, collaged, etc. to visually express their feelings. The students assembled these pinwheels and on International Day of Peace they "planted" their pinwheels around the school campus as a public statement and art exhibit/installation.