Saint Andrew Catholic School throws 60th birthday party

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Saint Andrew Catholic School celebrated its 60th birthday this weekend.

Those present sipped wine, mingled, sampled hor d’ourves and ducked inside a photo booth to have pictures taken before dinner while listening to hits like Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”

Among the guests was Sister Camella Menotti, a Catholic nun for 62 years.

“I entered in 1952. I was 21-years-old. A lot of them were 17 and 18,” she said. “I’ve taught in Texas, California, Wichita Falls, Beaumont, Houston, Dickinson where I’m from… I’ve taught in all our Catholic diocese here in Fort Worth.”

While Menotti talked, Reggie Castillo, the evening's DJ, churned out decade music.

Substitute teacher Dali Smith, who also serves as a committee member, said more than 300 people RSVP’d to the event. Smith also said Saint Andrew Catholic Church celebrated its 60th anniversary last year.

“This year is our year of service,” Smith said. “At the beginning of the school year, we worked with Catholic Charities to create welcome boxes for the unaccompanied minors that came across the border, just something that felt welcoming to the kids so they didn’t feel forgotten.”

Earlier in the week, the children dressed in poodle skirts and rolled up blue jeans and were treated to ice cream as part of the school’s 60th celebration, Development Director Rose Hall wrote in an email.

“All 700 children enjoyed the great assembly of the video of the 50s through 2014 and the accompanied music of the era,” she wrote.

Smith said although she was not at the school 60 years ago, during the 7 years she has been at Saint Andrew “it has done nothing but improve its progress.”

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