On a beautiful Tuesday in May, St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point’s Environmental Club went hiking at the Dunes National Lakeshore. Students were in for a treat as the weather was cooperating well with clear skies and the shining sun. One of the group’s sponsors, Mrs. Mary Skinner, chose Trail 9 which is a 3.6 mile intermediate loop. The trail combines hiking through forests and along the top of the dune ridge. Members of the club were in awe when they reached the top of the dune and the Beach House Blowout, a huge bowl of sand that made for an incredible vista. The surprises in scenery continued as the students were able to view Chicago’s Skyline and see the different shades of Lake Michigan’s water. Fifth grade member Sophie Wake said that she couldn’t wait to bring her family here one day to enjoy the hike!
St. Mary Catholic Community School in Crown Point was opened in 1872. The school offers grade levels Junior Pre-Kindergarten (for three-year-olds) through eight and is the largest school in the Diocese of Gary. St. Mary’s faculty teaches a rich curriculum supported by leading-edge technology. All students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities such as Academic Team, Chess Club, Craft Club, Math Bowl, Spanish Club, Science Olympiad, Scouts, Environmental Club, athletics and more. St. Mary’s School is currently accepting applications for new students for the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more about St. Mary’s School or schedule a personal tour, visit stmarycp.org/school.