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Catholic schools within a 25-mile radius of Hays, including students in Ellis and Rooks counties -- began celebrating Catholic Schools Week 2014 today.

Sacred Heart in Plainville was set to award its annual distinguished graduate award to Rhiannon Becker at today's 10:30 a.m. Mass.

Monday, St. Mary's Grade School in Ellis, as well as Holy Family Elementary School and Thomas More Prep-Marian Junior-Senior High School in Hays, will get into the full swing of CSW activities.

All four schools are part of the Salina Diocese, as are two other elementary schools further west -- St. Joseph in Oakley and Sacred Heart in Colby.

Another area Catholic school -- Ness City's Sacred Heart Elementary, which is part of the Dodge City Diocese -- began CSW 2014 with an all-school Mass Saturday evening, and will participate in activities all week, including a Religion Bee on Tuesday.

This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service."

TMP also will begin the week delivering cookies to businesses and individuals to show community appreciation. Following other appreciation activities, TMP will conclude the week with a 10 a.m. Mass at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church with Bishop Edward Weisenburger from Salina.

Across town, Holy Family students will take part in their own activities before joining TMP, as well as St. Mary's Catholic School in Ellis, at Friday's Mass and all-county celebration.

One of the highlights for Hays' elementary students at Holy Family will be "crazy sock day" Tuesday, when they can wear any type of socks for an afternoon sock-hop in the school gym.

Students at St. Mary's will participate in various activities all week before coming to Hays for Friday's all-county celebration.