St. Dominic students kick off Catholic Schools Week

Deputy Adam Goehl with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department points out a feature of his vest Monday to St. Dominic kindergartner Jax Allensworth. St. Dominic students kicked off Catholic Schools Week by celebrating vocations and hearing from guest speakers about careers. | H-W Photo/Deborah Gertz Husar
By Herald-Whig
Posted: Jan. 29, 2019 7:25 am Updated: Jan. 29, 2019 9:34 am

QUINCY -- St. Dominic kindergartner Jax Allensworth wants to be a police officer when he grows up.

Jax got to see some of the tools of the trade Monday as the school kicked off Catholic Schools Week by celebrating vocations and hearing from guest speakers about a variety of careers.

As Deputy Adam Goehl with the Adams County Sheriff's Department talked about his job to kindergarten and first-grade students, he showed off some of his tools including a remote-controlled robot and a taser -- and he let Jax try on his vest.

"It was pretty heavy," Jax said.

Students dressed up as their future career and listened to speakers who "talked about what they do and what made them want to do what they're doing," first-grade teacher Molly Stroot said.

Featured speakers included Quincy Mayor Kyle Moore and Robert Bentley with Legacy Martial Arts.

Bentley helped students learn three different levels of encouragement. "It's how we use martial arts to help encourage each other," he said.

Fifth-grader Tori Smith wants to be a veterinarian.

"I want to be a doctor. I also love animals, and I thought it was a good job," she said, but "I like hearing about other jobs. I know I might change my mind."

Seventh-grader Gabe Terstriep enjoyed hearing from the speakers.

"It's really great to hear from the mayor and a police officer and learn about stuff we can actually be when we grow up," Gabe said.

And it was a good start to the week set aside to celebrate Catholic schools.

"It's fun and full of activities," Gabe said.

Students will work on service projects on Tuesday, attend Mass with their parents and play games on Wednesday, enjoy teacher-student relay races on Thursday and go to the movies on Friday. Special activities are planned at each of the Catholic schools during the week.

"The whole purpose is to celebrate Catholic education. We're lucky we get to pray and talk about God and Jesus. It's really nice to be able to share the faith," Stroot said. "We're trying to show appreciation to our students, our staff, our parents and always to God. The whole thing is to try to be thankful for what we have."

Back in her classroom, Goehl talked about how he uses many of the tools he showed to the students.

"This helps open their eyes to what different careers are out there, the ins and outs," Goehl said. "There's just the pure enjoyment of being with the kids and seeing their eyes open to all the fun equipment we use."