This week marks the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States which has been producing successful graduates for more than 200 years.
These graduates continue to live and share their faith with the world, excel educationally thanks to high standards that provide an opportunity for all students to reach their full potential and become active members and leaders in our communities. Catholic schools in the Grand Rapids Diocese currently serve more than 6,000 students in six counties.
“Our students not only receive a top education, they are provided opportunities to learn about and practice their faith every day while participating in sports and social clubs,” said Greg Apkarian, principal at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Belmont.
“High School can be a trying time for many students as they struggle to find their place in the world. West Catholic’s Christ – centered focus offers teens the support they need in a warm yet demanding atmosphere.” Cynthia Kneibel, West Catholic Principal
Assumption marks the week by participating in a variety of activities – from a baby shower to raise items for HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid to making Valentine’s for veterans.
“Catholic Schools Week is my favorite week of the year! We always have a lot of activities that help others while having fun with our class,” said Ava Soltysiak, 4th grader at Assumption.
Additionally as part of a new three-year effort to welcome more students into the Catholic schools, the Bishop’s Scholarship Fund, which previously provided $240,000 per year in tuition assistance, has been increased to $1 million in order to make our Catholic schools affordable to families.