From January 27 to February 2, 2008, the US is celebrating Catholic Schools Week. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools Light the Way.”
It seems that not only dioceses but also cities are making the headlines these days when they close schools. This becomes a very emotional topic for the neighborhoods affected. We often take for granted the incredible impact that good schools have on our society. It is only when they are threatened that we stop to look at them more closely and then rise up to support them.
Catholic Schools Week gives us the chance to step back, look at our Catholic Schools, and celebrate them now. There are approximately 7.6 million students attending Catholic schools (all levels) in the US today. With sound academic practice and an emphasis on moral values, this has an amazing, positive impact on our society.
Does your parish have a Catholic school? Is there a Catholic school in your neighborhood or near your office? Think about what you can do to help them thrive. Develop a relationship with the school. You will be investing, not only in the lives of individual students, but also in our future world.