Catholic Schools Have Reason to Celebrate National Catholic Schools Week January 27 - February 2

2019 National Catholic Schools Week marks 45 years of commemorating Catholic school education.

Arlington, VA – For 45 years, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) has led the celebration of National Catholic Schools Week (CSW). The celebration begins each year on the last Sunday in January and continues through the first Saturday in February – this year, January 27 – February 2.

"Catholic Schools Week is one way the six thousand Catholic schools around the country can demonstrate their contribution to society – providing excellent academics, forming students in faith and showing their love of God through service to others," said NCEA President/CEO Thomas W. Burnford, D.Min.

Schools and dioceses all across the United States find unique ways to celebrate Catholic school education during CSW. A myriad of open houses, special Masses, daily themes, school activities, parish events, community recognition, service hours, a national day of giving highlight the value of Catholic education.

There is much to celebrate in Catholic schools with high school graduation rates of 99 percent and academic excellence in national test scores that consistently outperform other religious, non-sectarian and public schools, by as much as 20 percent. Service and faith formation round out what makes Catholic schools distinctive as strong communities of faith, knowledge and witness.

For the second year, CSW will include Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools in the lineup of daily themes and celebratory events. On Tuesday, January 29, from 12 PM ET through Wednesday, January 30 at 12 PM ET, all Catholic schools can invite alumni and any individuals who feel they have been positively impacted by Catholic schools to give back to a local Catholic school by making donations directly to a school through the school website. This day of giving is made possible through the generous support of FACTS. Specific information and access to a directory of schools can be found at www.NCEA.org/csw/manygifts. Last year more than $859,000 was donated to Catholic schools and dioceses by more than 6,900 people in that 24-hour period.

NCEA and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have teamed up again for CSW to invite students and communities to learn more about hunger and its effects on too many of our brothers and sisters around the world. CRS hopes to help students develop a deeper relationship with their faith and to answer the call to social action. CRS has resources based around the theme of "Hunger" for schools to utilize any time but especially on Monday, January 28, when the daily theme is Celebrating Your Community. Teachers and students are invited to register online and download free prayer services, interactive learning activities, lesson plans and other resources at education.crs.org/csw.

For the 25th year in a row, students and teachers from New York’s Guardian Angel Catholic School plan to gather at the Today Show on Tuesday, January 29, to publicly celebrate and catch the attention of Catholic school alum, Al Roker. He greets the members of the school community every year during CSW. To make it easy to be seen, students and teachers carry banners and wear hats and scarves proclaiming CSW.

Keep up with CSW’s week-long activities by engaging online at @NCEATalk on Twitter and NCEAorg on Facebook. Use #CSW19 to share ideas and connect online. To learn more about Catholic Schools Week 2019 and the daily themes, visit www.NCEA.org/csw.

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