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Celebrating Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

More than 6,600 students in 30 Catholic schools across the Diocese of Grand Rapids are celebrating national Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 28-Feb. 3. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” Events will highlight how Catholic education provides lifelong benefits for students and their communities.

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, the diocese is pleased to announce that Welcome Scholarships will be available for new families for the 2018-19 school year. Welcome Scholarships provide $250 at the preschool level, $750 for K-8, and $1,000 in grades 9-11 to students who are new to Catholic schools. Welcome Scholarships originally were offered through the three-year Bishop’s Catholic Schools Initiative (2015-16 through 2017-18) and will continue under the “Catholic Schools: Bridging Faith and Future” strategic plan. Catholic schools in the diocese are also celebrating three straight years of enrollment growth and the decision to open the new independent St. Robert Catholic School in Ada this fall.
 
“Catholic Schools Week is an opportunity to thank the families, faculty, school leaders, clergy and supporters who make our Catholic schools a success,” said David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools in the diocese. “Every day, I am grateful for their year-round dedication and service.”
 
Catholic Schools Week activities at different schools include food drives for those in need, assembling thank-you baskets for emergency responders, and open houses, just to name a few. Additionally, several hundred student representatives and educators from across the diocese will gather for Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to give thanks for the gift of Catholic school education. Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak, bishop of Grand Rapids, will preside at Mass.
 
Nearly 2 million children across the United States attend Catholic schools. Catholic Schools Week began in 1974 and is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). 

Bishop Walkowiak's Catholic Schools Week letters

Catholic Schools Week events 

USCCB resources