Catholic School and Religious Education Students Collect $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Victims

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Catholic School and Religious Education Students Collect $1 Million to Assist Hurricane Victims


Funds distributed to seven dioceses most affected by the hurricanes

Children in Catholic schools and religious education programs nationwide joined with students around the nation to raise more than $1 million to assist students affected by the recent Gulf hurricanes.

Through "Child to Child: A Catholic Campaign to Aid Education," the young people of the country's Catholic educational programs joined with the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) initiative to collect dollar contributions from students locally to help children in areas ravaged by the storms and in other areas impacted by large numbers of evacuee students. By Dec. 2 the contributions totaled $1,040,000 from 1,254 schools and religious education programs.

On Dec. 8, Dr. Karen Ristau, NCEA president, and Daniel Curtin, executive director, Chief Administrators of Catholic Education, presented checks from the campaign to Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans and to superintendents and directors of religious education from several others dioceses. The following day a similar presentation was made in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, to Bishop Joseph Latino and diocesan education staff.

"While we wish we could have given monies to all dioceses that applied, in the end we were able to help those in the most need," Dr. Ristau said. Child to Child campaign monies were distributed to the following arch/dioceses: Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Biloxi, Galveston-Houston, Houma-Thibodaux, Jackson, Little Rock, Memphis, Mobile, Nashville, New Orleans, San Antonio and Shreveport.

Dr. Ristau praised the exceptional charity and initiative of the students. "Students truly captured the spirit of the Child to Child campaign," she said. "Through their personal gifts and fund-raising efforts they reached out to their counterparts in areas devastated by the hurricane. Their contributions went beyond money; they gave solidarity and support when it was most needed."

She added, "Students nationally put the concepts of social justice into practice in a tremendous way. …

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