More than 51,000 students attend 224 Catholic elementary and high schools across Michigan. To commemorate Catholic schools’ contributions to the common good, state lawmakers recently adopted resolutions recognizing Catholic Schools Week, observed Jan. 27-Feb. 2.
The resolutions adopted by the Senate and the House of Representatives celebrate many aspects of Catholic schools, including the fact that “Catholic schools instill a broad, values-based education, emphasizing the lifelong development of moral, intellectual, and social values in young people, making them responsible citizens of our state and nation”.
Additionally, the resolution recognizes that “Catholic schools educate many students who are non-Catholic, many students who are economically disadvantaged, and that a good education remains the single best way out of poverty” and that “with their traditionally high academic standards, high graduation rates, and commitment to community service, Catholic schools and their graduates make a positive contribution to society”.
Organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the National Catholic Educational Association, Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity for the approximately 6,000 Catholic schools across the country to celebrate the lifechanging nature of Catholic education. The U.S. House and Senate also introduced Catholic Schools Week resolutions; learn more here.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities serving more than 6,550 elementary and high school students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential. Learn more about Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids at this link.