Good morning fellow parishioners of Our Lady Perpetual Help. My name is Courtney Reed and I am Student Council President at Assumption School. I am here at the start of Catholic Schools Week on behalf of the student body to thank you for the support you contribute to our school.
As in any charitable donation you make, you deserve to know where your funding is being put to use. A Catholic school education is worth the investment. In addition to a strong academic program, a Catholic school adds the environment of moral and spiritual growth. It is not only an investment in a child’s education, but a lifelong investment in our self-respect, respect for others, knowledge in faith, and community involvement.
We welcome your participation in all of our activities this week and throughout the year. We have many activities this week in honor of Catholic schools week, like the Talent Show, Wednesday night or the Science Fair on Monday night. Throughout the week we will be honoring all those who make a difference in our education and community. And we consider you, the parishioners of St Thomas to be a very important part of that community.
Perhaps you have the time to have a more involved role at our school. We always welcome participation in committees on the school board, where your decisions will have a direct impact on our schools development. Or maybe you would enjoy participating in the planning of one of our many service projects like the Recess Relay for the American Cancer Society, where the students have already raised close to $50,000 for the support of people in our area coping with the struggles of fighting cancer.
Attending Assumption has allowed me to participate in academic programs like our science fair that progresses to the regional level at Stockton year after year. And invitations to leadership programs in Washington DC. Students from Assumption almost always get accepted into high schools of their choice. Or even specialized programs within the high schools. We are constantly challenged with an academic program that places strong emphasis on daily study habits and effective writing skills, all in an atmosphere of caring mutual respect between faculty and students.
Catholic Schools Week is a time put aside for the parishioners, faculty, and parents to give thanks for the opportunity students like myself are given to attend a school where I am prepared not just for high school or college but for a life of faith and community awareness. We acknowledge that this would not be possible with tuition costs alone. It requires the generosity of the entire church community including the parishioners right here at St. Thomas Church. When you contribute to our school you are making an investment in my future and the futures of the youth in our community.