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House of Representatives
Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 23, 2024 09:21 AM
From: Representative Ed Neilson
To: All House members
Subject: Celebrating “Catholic Schools Week”
For 50 years, “Catholic Schools Week” has served as an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. During the last week of January, Catholic schools throughout Pennsylvania and the nation will hold masses, open houses, and events for students, families, and their communities centered on this year’s theme, “Catholic Schools: United in Faith and Community.”
“Catholic Schools Week” celebrations give schools an opportunity to engage with families of enrolled students, prospective students and families, their parish, their business community, and alumni by showcasing the value and contributions of Catholic education. Catholic schools provide a balanced curriculum that combines faith, culture, and life, and set high standards for academic achievement. Furthermore, Catholic schools aim to instill a sense of service in their students and raise their social awareness in order to help build stronger communities. With a national high school graduation rate of 99 percent, high test scores, low student-to-teacher ratios, and scholarship opportunities, Catholic education is often an appealing and affordable option for many families.
As Pennsylvania is home to more than 350 Catholic schools, I hope that you will join me in recognizing the positive impact these institutions have had on the youth of the Commonwealth and our communities and by co-sponsoring my legislation to designate the week of January 28 through February 3, 2024, as “Catholic Schools Week” in Pennsylvania.

Introduced as HR329