Thanks to the sacrifices of numerous parents and the generous support of Catholics and the community at large the number of children receiving a Catholic education in our diocesan elementary and high schools is 15,115, exceeding last year’s enrollment by about 60.
Many of our schools in economically deprived areas, where tuition is a major factor, have shown an increase. This is due both to the commitment of the parents and the tuition assistance made possible by the support of the community.
More than $1,375,000 in tuition assistance was given to our students this year through grants from several entities.
A grant of $621,705 came from the Diocesan Education Endowment Trust Fund. The Children’s Education Fund at the Today Foundation, a community-wide effort, contributed $650,000. Finally, an additional $100,000 in grants came from the proceeds of the Bishop Kevin J. Farrell Golf Tournament.
It is obvious that not only our Catholics, but our whole community, recognizes the quality of the education provided by our Catholic schools.
This is due to the dedication of our teachers, principals and Catholic Schools Office administrators whose continuing efforts insure academic excellence in our schools.
It is not only the students, but the entire community, that benefit from quality Catholic education, in that it produces well educated citizens and tax savings that come from over 15,000 fewer students for the school districts to educate.
When everybody helps, everybody wins.
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