As I entered John Paul II Catholic School on a recent Friday with a group of Catholic Education Foundation staff and Futures Committee members, I knew this lunch hour was going to be unlike any other. Immediately, we were greeted by smiling junior high students eager to show off their school pride. As we wound through hallways filled with art projects, book reports, and kids ready to wave at the visitors, I knew we were heading to a room that had a special place in these students’ hearts.
For about 12 years, every time I drove to my office near downtown Kansas City, I exited I-35 and went down Southwest Boulevard. I didn't notice a little brick building that I drove by every day. I didn't even see it.
Breaking the cycle of poverty while saving souls: this is the goal of the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). What an awe-inspiring mission for an organization. If someone told me that I could support an organization that would accomplish this goal for even one child, I wouldn’t know how to say yes fast enough. Fortunately for me, I was in fact given the opportunity, and I very quickly learned just how many lives this amazing organization routinely impacts and how far-reaching and profound are its effects.