Parents Look to Catholic Schools to Instill Values Students Celebrate Week with Activities
Downing, Kathy, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Kathy Downing Daily Herald Staff Writer
Catholic schools put faith to work in everyday life, and this is the week they are proclaiming it to the world.
"Catholic Schools: Restoring Faith in Education" is the theme of this year's Catholic Schools Week, which is focusing attention on the more than 2.5 million students enrolled in Catholic schools in the United States alone.
St. Hubert School in Hoffman Estates and St. John the Evangelist School in Streamwood are celebrating the melding of faith and intellect this week with activities showcasing students, staff and the principles behind a religious-based education.
St. Hubert began the week with a community outreach activity, with students making cards for nursing home residents and hospital patients. Student Appreciation Day took place Tuesday, and today an all-school Mass led by Archbishop Kicanis will be celebrated. Teacher Appreciation Day will take place tomorrow.
After beginning the week with a family Eucharistic celebration Saturday, St. John the Evangelist showcased its science curriculum with an "Invention Convention" Monday and flip-flopped student and staff roles Tuesday. A World's Fair International Day is being held today, underscoring the unity of all nations, and an open house and art fair will be held Sunday after the week's closing Mass.
Parents say they send their children to Catholic schools in the area because of their faith in the education they receive there, both moral and academic.
Bartlett residents Mike and Sharon Bersani have three children enrolled at St. Walter Catholic School in Roselle: Jessica, who is in fifth grade, and twin sons Nicholas and Jake, who are in first grade.
"Sharon and I felt that daily education in the Catholic and Christian faith is something we wanted for ourselves and our children," Mike Bersani said. "We think that a Catholic education instills values that are important to us and want our kids to have as they go through their school careers."
Bersani, who slept in a tent outside St. Walter to enroll his daughter there in 1995, added that religious experience in terms of right and wrong was something he and his wife want their children exposed to, as well as the daily emphasis on Christian values.
Another parent, Nancy Abraham of Roselle, said, "Aside from academics, two of the main reasons I send my daughter to St. Walter in Roselle are for a religious education and moral guidance. …