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Therapy Animals Help AP Students De-Stress

Therapy Animals Help AP Students De-Stress

Thank you to the Central Catholic Library & Media Center and the CCHS Animal Welfare Club for working with the Pets & People Foundation to bring in Therapy Animals as students take their AP Exams!

Photo Album: Visiting with Therapy Animals

The goal of the event was to help students to relax and de-stress before or after their AP Exams.

Learn more about Central Catholic's Animal Welfare Club and their shelter drive below!

The therapy animals will be returning for finals!

Thank you to Ms. Sarah Downs, Director of Library & Media Services, and Ms. Julie Hayashi, Library & Media Assistant, as well as the CCHS Animal Welfare Club and the Pets & People Foundation.

About AP Exams @ CCHS

Central Catholic High School boasts an extensive, strong, and highly successful Advanced Placement (AP) Program.

CCHS has been chosen by the College Board as one of the select schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire to offer the AP Capstone Diploma.

  • 298 CCHS students participated in the 2021-2022 AP Program, taking over 720 AP Exams in Spring 2022.
  • 63% of seniors, 38% of juniors, 7% of sophomores and 3% of freshmen sat for at least one AP Exam.
  • Nearly 70% of our students taking exams earned a score of 3 or better, far exceeding both state and global average
  • 109 Central Catholic students were named Advanced Placement Scholars by the College Board’s AP Program, including 11 students who were awarded the AP Capstone Diploma and 5 others who earned Certificates in AP Seminar and Research.

Central Catholic’s students significantly outpaced the national and state averages on AP exams and may receive credits by colleges upon review of their scores.

Please note: the awarding of college credits is solely at the discretion of the college or the university students choose to attend.

Good luck to all students taking AP Exams this year!

Animal Welfare Club: Drive for Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Club

Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12

The Animal Welfare Club is hosting a shelter supply drive from May 8 to May 12 to support the work of our community partner, Salem Animal Rescue League, in their work to save and support dogs and cats.

We are seeking the following items that can be placed in donation boxes outside the Main Office in the Webster Faily Lobby. 

Dog Supplies

  • Kongs: sizes M & L
  • Martingale Collars: sizes S, M, & L
  • Easy Walk Harnesses: sizes M & L
  • Paper Towels
  • Purina Pro Plan Adult Dog Can Food
  • Purina Pro Plan Puppy Can Food

Cat Supplies

  • Toy Mice, Felt, & Feather Toys
  • Litter scoops
  • Fancy Feast Gravy Lovers Wet Cat Food
  • Purina Pro Plan Adult Cat Can Food
  • Purina Pro Plan Kitten Can Food


  • Ms. Heather Angell, Moderator & Teacher,
Animal Welfare Club graphic

About Animal Welfare Club

The Animal Welfare Club is dedicated to educating the Central Catholic community about matters concerning the welfare of animals with a friendly, positive approach.

We aim to raise awareness and stop injustices against animals and to provide assistance to local animal sanctuaries and rescue agencies.

Moderator: Ms. Heather Angell '00, Moderator & Teacher,

The Club visits the Salem Animal Rescue League monthly and has also made dog toys for Sweet Paws rescue in Haverhill.  

Photo Album: Animal Welfare Club

"The Animal Welfare Club had another wonderful visit to the Salem Animal Rescue League where we helped move some fencing! However, upon further inspection of said fencing we found quite a few little rabbits under and in between them! Fortunately we were able to get in contact with Officer O'Brien from Salem Animal Control Officer who was able to help. We were able to safely free the bunnies and escort them to a safer environment! Officer O'Brien also educated the club about her service to animals and the lives of the wild bunnies!"

-Bridgette "Bee" Caron-DiPietro '24, Student Leader and Club Founder

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit, call 978-682-0260, or email

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.