Catholic schools week: A tradition continues
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, 9:08 p.m.
There are 132,656 public and private schools in the United States, according to the Department of Education. Of those, 6,980 are Catholic elementary or secondary schools.
Locally, the Fay-West area parochial schools include Conn-Area Catholic and Geibel Junior-Senior High School, both in Connellsville, St. John's in Scottdale and several elementary schools in the Uniontown area. All are important in each community.
Beginning Sunday, these schools will kick off National Catholic Schools Week, when schools and Catholic parishes will focus on the value of a Catholic education and the contributions made by these institutions. This year's theme is “Catholic Schools Raise the Standards.”
Catholic Schools Week is a national celebration — observed since 1974 — of the important role that Catholic schools play in providing a values-added education. Despite the challenges of declining enrollment, they have persevered and contribute significantly to their communities.
For parents looking for a faith-based education, Catholic schools offer a choice.
We wish our local Catholic schools and their students success. In so many communities over the years, we have seen Catholic education lost because of school closures. We would hate to lose that part of our community.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- ObamaCare ‘rates’ & reality
- A union’s distress
- Pittsburgh Tuesday takes
- Alle-Kiski Tuesday takes
- ‘Un-American’? That’s Harry Reid, the Senate’s lowly smear artist
- Greensburg Tuesday takes
- The new SAT: Rigor gets a pass