MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCBD) — Christ Our King-Stella Maris strives to inspire the whole child by promoting an educational philosophy of charity, respect, and outreach. Giving back to the community is a major part of what makes them special.
“Really what we try to strive for the most with our catholic identity is making sure our students understand they have to give back. We have “We give Wednesday.” We have a school mass once a week and in that during offertory, the students each week they decide where they want that money to go to which local charity. So we’re trying to pay it forward each and every week,” President John Byrnes said.
The school opened 65 years ago.
The national blue ribbon school’s offers a rigorous academic program with foreign language offered for all ages. Students have one to one iPads and participate in the South Carolina Stock Market Game.
“They watch the stock daily and can not wait to get on to the iPad to check to see what their stock is doing in their portfolio whether it’s going up or down,” said Teacher Wendy Wilkins. “It’s been really fun. I currently have a team right now in the state that’s playing the game out of 180 teams that is in second place,” Wilkins added.
Principal Susan Spendido says they also work to protect the environment. “Our middle school is international baccalaureate program and we focused last year on sustainability. It started mostly with the middle school but has filtered down through our lower school and the whole school has become very interested in sustainability. We have 5th grade and 8th grade actively involved in gardens, growing vegetables.”
The goal is to inspire the whole child.
“Here it’s us, teachers, and God, so we kind of know there is someone else there for us,” said Eighth grade student Andrew de Arellano. “Also we get to go to mass every Wednesday. It’s a time to reflect. I think it’s really calming. Sometimes school can get you wound up and give you a lot of stress but going to mass every Wednesday, it kind of let you relieve your stress and kind of (exhales) relax a little,” de Arellano added.
With more than 600 students, Christ Our King is the largest catholic school in the Diocese of Charleston and South Carolina.
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