A schoolwide service project to help aid Food for the Poor Inc., an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization that provides food, medicine, and shelter to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean, will kick off this year's observance of National Catholic Schools Week at Our Lady of the Angels Academy, Lansford.

The event is part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education during the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service." It highlights the emphasis Catholic education puts on academic excellence, faith development, and community service.

Our Lady of the Angels Academy invites prospective students, their families and community residents to visit during an open house from noon to 2 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about programs for preschoolers to eighth-grade students.

Kindergarten and new student registrations will be taken at this time. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 27 opportunities to register will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Parents are asked to contact the school office if another time is needed so that a convenient time can be arranged.

During the week students will enjoy a luncheon with a special friend, as well as attending "The Ned Show," a character education assembly. The school community will participate in a religious service praying for world peace, followed by a patriotic balloon release.

Another activity the students will participate in is attending a teacher/parent/student basketball game. This year's celebration will conclude with the weekly liturgy and a special luncheon for the faculty.

Financial aid is available for students. For more information, contact the school at 570-645-7170 or at altcola@ptd.net.