National Appreciation Day Spreads the "Good News" to Capitol Hill
Catholic school students throughout the nation did their part during Catholic Schools Week in January to spread the word that Catholic Schools are the "Good News in Education." In many areas, student delegations visited mayors and governors to carry a personal message about Catholic schools.
In Washington, D.C., on January 31 during National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools, 200 student delegates assembled on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders. They delivered letters from chief administrators of Catholic education and provided an information package on Catholic schools to every congressional office.
Students came prepared with background papers prepared by NCEA and USCCB that helped them explain topics of importance to Catholic schools, issues such as equitable participation in federal education programs, continuation of E-Rate technology discounts and the need for support of parental choice in education.
Two resolutions introduced in Congress in January heralded the accomplishments of Catholic schools. Senators Mary Landrieu and David Vitter sponsored Senate Resolution 62, which commended "Catholic schools, students, parents and teachers across the United States for their ongoing contributions to education, and for the vital role they play in promoting and ensuring a bright, stronger future for the United States. …