National Catholic Schools Week is being celebrated from Jan. 26 through Feb 1. This has been celebrated for about 40 years, and its main function is to raise awareness on what a Catholic school provides.
Catholic schools strengthen relationships between all those who are involved in them. This includes students, staff, families, priests, parishioners and members of the larger community. The theme for 2014 is: “Community of faith, knowledge and service.”
I applaud Catholic schools for producing students strongly dedicated to their faith, families and communities, by providing an intellectually stimulating environment rich in spirituality, character and moral development.
We at St. Anastasia Knights of Columbus Council #5911 have seen this firsthand with the fine students of Divine Wisdom Academy at St. Anastasia Parish in Douglaston, who have been educated there and have graduated with high honors. We have been involved with the school on their fundraisers. You see, we realize these students are tomorrows leaders.
We even sponsor every year an essay contest that is directed to their eighth-grade class and entitled, “The Responsibility of a Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” We give out certificates with cash awards to the three winners, and last June we gave out four awards because they were so exceptional. We have been doing this for many years and have seen these young people turning in quite impressive essays, which I believe is due in part to caring parents and teachers who do their best to see that these young people become the very best they can be.
I hope that God helps us to continue to keep our Catholic schools vibrant and thriving for these schools need to stay open for these young people are our nations future.