Yafet Yonas knew right away what the best part was of the Feb. 2 Doughnuts with Dad event at Irondequoit’s Christ the King School, and it wasn’t the sweet treats.
“Being with my Dad,” said Yafet, 8.
He and his brother, 6-year-old Nahom, had the chance to eat breakfast with their father, Yonas Woldeyesus, during the annual event.
The breakfast gathering was one way the school celebrated Catholic Schools Week Jan. 28-Feb. 3. The meal was part of the football-themed Souper Bowl day, during which students brought in cans of soup for St. Andrew’s Food Cupboard. During Catholic Schools Week, several other local schools, including St. Pius the Tenth in Chili, also hosted Souper Bowls to collect nonperishable foods.
During Christ the King’s event, students wore NFL jerseys and played a football word game.
“The dads do love it,” said Principal Colleen D’Hondt, who started the Doughnuts with Dad tradition about 10 years ago. “They come up and say so.”
Students are encouraged to bring a male role model to the breakfast, but those who don’t have one available at 8 a.m. get a special chance to have breakfast separately with D’Hondt, she said. Both students and adults say they enjoyed the family time.
“I just like being with my dad and my friends,” said Olivia Spinello, 9, who was there with her father, Anthony Spinello. Olivia also was joined by her friends Sarah and Lauren Stone-Francati, and their grandfather, Richard Francati.
“It gets me out of going to work for a little while, and it’s nice spending time with you,” Sam Sisca said to his 8-year-old son, Joey.
During the annual “Muffins with Mom” program in May, the dads will turn the tables and serve students and their mothers.
The Doughnuts with Dad event was just one way schools in the diocese marked the week. From science fairs at Holy Trinity in Webster, to a school assembly on the life of Abraham Lincoln at St. John Neumann School in Rochester, to celebrating get-up-and-move day at St. Charles Borromeo School in Greece, Catholic schools found a variety of ways to celebrate. Here are a few others:
* Award-winning children’s author and local teacher Stu Smith visited several Catholic schools, including Holy Cross School in Charlotte, to read and sign his books.
* St. John the Evangelist School in Spencerport raised more than $300 for the Mary Cariola Children’s Center during Beach Blanket Bingo, where children brought in coins to use as bingo chips.