Catholic Schools Week wrap up
Special events planned under theme of ‘Catholic Schools Raise the Standards’
The importance of Catholic education in the U.S. will be recognized during Catholic Schools Week Jan. 27 to Feb. 2, when Catholic elementary and secondary schools throughout the nation celebrate the academic excellence of the largest private education institution in the land.
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2013 is "Catholic Schools Raise the Standards." The purpose of the week is to promote the academic excellence and Catholic identity of Catholic schools in the U.S.
Dr. George V. Corwell, Director of the Office of Education for the New Jersey Catholic Conference, noted that Gov. Chris Christie’s proclamation continues the tradition of recognition afforded Catholic schools in New Jersey by the executive branch of state government. "The Catholic schools of New Jersey represent an investment in New Jersey's future, and the sacrifices made by Catholic school parents save the state's overburdened public school system (and local tax payers) over id="mce_marker".3 billion annually," stated Dr. Corwell.
Sponsored by the National Catholic Education Association, the annual observance starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week. Schools typically celebrate the week with Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large, reads the NCEA website, www.ncea.org.
Across the Diocese of Trenton schools are marking the special week with teacher-student sports events, musical performances, spirit days, buddy lunches and carnivals. (See attached round-up report for a listing of local Catholic Schools Week highlights.)
There are currently approximately 17,000 students enrolled in the 36 Catholic elementary schools and the eight Catholic high schools of the diocese. Download the CSW 2013 Wrap-up HERE