Like other Catholic schools in our area and around the nation, St. Joseph Regional Academy (SJRA) in Jim Thorpe is celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2011 with a variety of events for the students and their family and friends.

The theme of this year's celebration is "Catholic Schools: A-Plus For America," celebrating the fact that Catholic schools are an added value ("a plus") for the nation.

The student body kicked off the school week events with a Monday morning program in the school auditorium, in which different classes took turns putting on skits about school life and education.

At the conclusion of the students' presentations, one community leader and four law enforcement officers took turns addressing the students.

Carbon County Jury Commissioner Joseph Steber, Pennsylvania State Trooper Dave Klitsch, Jim Thorpe Police Chief Joseph Schatz, Carbon County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant David Midas, and Lansford Patrolman Robert Shubeck spoke to students on safety and the value of education.

Subject to the weather at this time of year, the weeklong schedule includes many family-oriented events such as family luncheons, soup and movie night, book fair, and dress up day.

Catholic Schools' Week always begins on the last Sunday in January and this year's celebration, which runs until Saturday, is the 38th annual Catholic Schools' Week.