Rep. Lipinski Introduces Resolution Celebrating Catholic Schools Week
For ten consecutive years, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-03) has introduced a resolution celebrating Catholic Schools Week and honoring the outstanding work of Catholic schools in the Chicago area and across the nation. The resolution expresses support for “the vital contributions of the thousands of Catholic elementary and secondary schools in the United States” and “the key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for the nation.” It recognizes that Catholic schools produce academically successful students, foster a commitment to service, family, and community, and accept students from all faiths and backgrounds.
Catholic Schools Week, which begins this year on January 31st, has been an annual event since 1974. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” Schools typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses, and other activities for students, families, parishioners, and community members. During the week, Rep. Lipinski will visit several schools in the district.
“As a graduate of St. Symphorosa Grammar School and St. Ignatius College Prep in Chicago, I look forward to highlighting the achievements of America’s Catholic schools every year during Catholic Schools Week,” said Rep. Lipinski. “The Chicago Archdiocese and the Joliet Diocese run two of the best school systems in the country. The graduation rate for Catholic high school students is 99 percent and 97 percent of graduates go on to college or technical schools.”
It is estimated that Catholic schools save Chicago area taxpayers over $1 billion annually by lowering the number of students in overburdened public schools.
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