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A dozen reasons to choose Catholic schools

Greetings Scecina Community!

This week has been Catholic Schools Week across the United States of America!

While Catholic schools are often labeled private or non-public schools, we actually serve the very public purpose of educating students of all walks of life while strengthening neighborhoods, cities, and towns throughout the world.

The theme of Catholic Schools Week this year has been "Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed." Our students at Scecina, at our partner schools in the East Deanery, and at other Catholic schools certainly embody the notions of "Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed."

Experience and national research provide the following 12 reasons to choose Catholic schools:

1. We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.

2. We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.

3. We set high standards for student achievement and help all students succeed.

4. We provide a balanced curriculum that integrates faith, culture and life.

5. We use technology effectively to enhance students’ education and understanding of the world in which they live.

6. We instill the value of service to others.

7. We teach children respect of self and others.

8. We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.

9. We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.

10. We have a 99 percent high school graduation rate. Eighty-five percent of our graduates go to college. Additional graduates make the important choice to enter the workforce and/or military service.

11. We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring and effective.

12. We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

As we conclude Catholic Schools Week, I want to quote the following prayer written by the Rev. Joseph Corpora, C.S.C., of the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education for the feast of St.John Bosco on Jan. 31:

“As we near the end of Catholic Schools Week, we pray to you, O Lord, on this great feast of St. John Bosco, patron saint of the young. Help all of us to imitate the loving kindness of St. John Bosco whose love for the young was freely and generously given to all. Bless and direct our efforts to care for the children entrusted to our care in whatever vocation you have given to us. Make us generous with the gifts and talents and blessings that you have given to us. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. St. John Bosco, pray for us.”

Sincerely yours,

Joe Therber