Magazine article Momentum

National Catholic Schools Week

Magazine article Momentum

National Catholic Schools Week

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January 30 - February 3,2018

N CEA joined Catholic schools across the country to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week 2018 (CSW) from January 28 to February 3. Through CSW events, schools focused on the value that Catholic education provides to young people and its contribution to our church, our communities and our nation. NCEA is grateful to all who shared their celebrations with NCEA by welcoming us into schools both in person and through social media.

We are pleased to share the following highlights from CSW 2018:

* The U.S. House and Senate passed resolutions to officially recognize the contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States.

The House Resolution states, "... Catholic schools serve the nation by providing a diverse student population from all regions of the country and all socioeconomic backgrounds a strong academic and moral foundation, including 41.4 percent of students from racial and ethnic minority backgrounds and 19 percent from non-Catholic families."

The Senate Resolution affirms that Catholic schools "are an affordable option for parents, particularly in underserved urban areas...whereas the Catholic high school graduation rate is 99 percent with 86 percent of graduates attending four-year colleges."

* NCEA joined Catholic University for a special St. Thomas Aquinas Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

* News coverage across the country showcased Catholic school Masses, open houses, service activities and other events that proclaim Catholic schools as communities that learn, serve, lead and succeed. Catholic Schools Week was mentioned in more than 1,132 news stories nationwide. …

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