School’s video earns a top prize

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St. Anthony Catholic School placed second in ‘Give Back Contest’

St. Anthony Catholic School Principal Alex Wolf, left, introduces Charlie Haas and Elizabeth Kostichka of Catholic Financial Life during an assembly to award the school the $2,500 second prize in the insurance company’s Give Back Contest. (Times Herald photo by Warren Bluhm)

A promotional video for St. Anthony Catholic School in Oconto Falls took second place in a national competition sponsored by Catholic Financial Life.

The second annual “Give Back Contest” promotion, timed to coincide with the national Catholic Schools Week celebration (Jan. 17-25), asked schools to create a one- to three-minute video that shows how the school forms disciples of Jesus, said Charlie Haas, vice president of business development for Catholic Financial Life.

The company selected the 11 finalists from about two dozen submissions, most from the Midwest but also from as far away as Vermont, and then Facebook users voted on their favorites.

“Your community was one of the smaller communities that submitted videos, but your vote total was one of the highest,” Haas told St. Anthony’s students at a special assembly last week.

Haas and other representatives from the insurance company presented a symbolic $2,500 check during the assembly – and a real check to school officials beforehand.

The entire student body and staff helped create the video, and Principal Alex Wolf edited it. The two-and-a-half-minute production shows students and staff working, playing and worshiping together to the accompaniment of the song “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March and the cast of “Sister Act.”

“Congratulations to the students, parents, and teachers for getting the word out to support the school,” Haas said.

Wolf said the funds will be used to purchase needed classroom supplies at the school, which serves about 70 students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Our Lady of Lourdes School in De Pere was the only school that finished ahead of St. Anthony in the small-school category that covered institutions with fewer than 200 students.