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Catholic school students head back to class


William Gartside, Head of School at St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton, reads to students from "Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids" on the first day of school, Sept. 5. Pilot photo/Christopher S. Pineo

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BRIGHTON -- With the end of the long Labor Day weekend signaling the conclusion of summer vacation, students at Catholic schools throughout the archdiocese headed back to class this week.

"When you're a principal particularly, you are in a school building during the summer and there are no kids there. It's not really a school over the summer. It's a building over the summer. When you can see the kids coming in after vacation and 99 percent of them beaming ear-to-ear with smiles, they are excited and they are exuberant, it just uplifts you," said William Gartside said, Head of School at St. Columbkille Partnership School in Brighton.

Like many Catholic schools in the archdiocese, St. Columbkille's has been preparing throughout the summer to enhance the learning environment.

Gartside greeted students on the first day of school on September 5 by reminding them of the importance of treating one another with respect as part of the tradition of Catholic schools.

First Gartside read a book called "Have You Filled a Bucket Today: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids." The story presented the idea of "filling someone's bucket" as an analogy for treating others with kindness.

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