Students and staff at New Ulm Area Catholic Schools took part in special activities as part of the National Catholic Schools Week during the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1. The events are part of the 40th anniversary of the nationwide celebration of Catholic education. This year's theme is 'Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,' which highlights the schools' focus on faith development, academic excellence and dedication to community service. The theme encompasses several concepts that are at the heart of Catholic education. Not only are schools communities themselves, they're part of larger communities of home, church, city and nation. Faith, knowledge and service are integral components of a Catholic education and the measures by which any Catholic school may be judged.