July 24, 2016

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Manners on display at annual school breakfast in Brunswick

BRUNSWICK — Students got the chance to put their manners to the test Thursday morning at the annual pancake breakfast at St. Ambrose Catholic School.

Social studies teacher Rich Kozub serves pancakes to students Thursday morning at the annual pancake breakfast at St. Ambrose Catholic School celebrating Catholic Schools Week. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY LOREN GENSON)

Eighth-grader Mia Giannantonio, president of the St. Ambrose student council, said seventh- and eighth-graders were paired with younger students throughout the year to help the younger children learn manners and etiquette.

“Now is your chance to put your manners to work,” Mia said before a pre-breakfast prayer.

The students sat with guests, who included Brunswick Mayor Gary Werner and Brunswick High School Principal Tracy Wheeler.

Parents, teachers and the Brunswick Knights of Columbus served pancakes amid a chorus of “please” and “thank you” from the students.

The breakfast is conducted each year during the celebration of Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”

Mia said the staff and students at St. Ambrose exemplify the theme. She pointed to a newly instituted financial literacy program geared at helping students prepare for high school and beyond.

“While it doesn’t necessarily appeal to us now, taking financial literacy will help us in the future and as adults,” she said.

St. Ambrose students will wrap up Catholic Schools Week today with cosmic bingo as part of Student Fun Day.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.