The nation’s nearly 7,500 Catholic schools will celebrate Catholic Schools Week January 31 to February 6, 2010. This annual celebration focuses attention on the good work done by the nation’s Catholic schools.
This year's theme, “Catholic Schools - Dividends for life,” celebrates education that goes beyond preparation for a secular life ─ it is education that prepares students for a Christian life. The theme also underscores and celebrates the high standards of excellence and the quality of the education available to all students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools across the U.S.
According to Karen Ristau, president of the National Catholic Education Association, “Catholic schools provide good things for students and families—high expectations and daily experience of faith. In these challenging times, the theme also reminds parents that the dividends of a Catholic school education—students prepared in faith, knowledge, morals and discipline—last a lifetime. There is no better way to invest in a child’s future—or the future of our world.”
Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).
NCEA is the largest private, professional education association in the world. Founded in 1904, the association's membership represents more than 200,000 educators serving more than 7 million students at all levels of Catholic education. USCCB is the national public policy organization of the bishops in the United States.