Catholic Schools Week 2017 Highlights
NCEA joined Catholic schools across the country to celebrate National Catholic Schools Week 2017 from January 29 to February 4. Through these events, schools focused on the value that Catholic education provides to young people and its contribution to our church, our communities and our nation. NCEA is grateful to all who shared their celebrations with NCEA by welcoming us into schools both in person and through social media.
We are pleased to share the following highlights from the week:
- President Trump issued a letter recognizing National Catholic Schools Week stating, “I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter their halls every day and to the diverse communities they serve.”
- The U.S. House and Senate passed resolutions to officially recognize the contributions of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States.
- NCEA joined Catholic University for a special St. Thomas Aquinas Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
- News coverage across the country showcased Catholic school Masses, open houses, service activities and other events that proclaim Catholic schools as communities of faith, knowledge and service. Catholic Schools Week was mentioned in more than 570 news stories nationwide.
- We shared, connected and proclaimed Catholic Schools Week stories on @NCEATalk using #CSW17. Throughout the week we reached an audience of more than 20 million on Twitter and over 14,000 tweets were generated using our hashtag. We reached a national audience on Facebook of over 80,000.
- Through our association blog, NCEA Talk, we featured stories from Catholic school educators across the country proclaiming the good news of Catholic education. NCEA also formally announced the winners of the NCEA Youth Virtues, Valor and Vision Awards.
- NCEA staff visited 64 schools in 17 dioceses throughout the week.