Community-wide project highlights importance of service in Catholic education
Shreveport, La — Building upon a tradition of service before self, students at Loyola College Prep have once again created an opportunity to help those in need in our community. As part of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week activities, and along with St. John Berchmans Cathedral School, St. Joseph’s Catholic School and area Catholic churches, Loyola has initiated a supply drive to collect uniforms and other school materials for area homeless and migrant student programs.
“After speaking with local public school officials, Loyola recognized a need to help our neighbors who have slipped through the cracks,” said Loyola Advancement Director Tricia Grayson. “These families may not qualify for federal assistance, but they cannot afford the supplies on their own,” said Grayson. “This is at the heart of Catholic education – modeling for our students a culture of caring, and teaching them the importance of service to others.”
Started in 1974, National Catholic Schools Week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 6, 2016) is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States, where there is a strong demand and enthusiasm for Catholic schools. Thirty-two percent of Catholic schools have waiting lists for admission and new schools are opening across the country. Louisiana has one of the highest Catholic school enrollment rates in the U.S. National test scores, high school graduation rates, college attendance and other data show that Catholic schools frequently outperform schools in both the public and private sectors. (Source: ncea.org).
Additional activities planned at Loyola during National Catholic Schools Week:
Tuesday, February 2
o Student-led morning prayer around flagpole, 7a
o Speaker Katie Austin, Programming Director at ULL Student Ministry and Coordinator of the Aquinas Institute for Theology and Catholic Studies, 9a
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