Jake Sorenson is Director of Business Operations at Aerotek, and a member of the Catholic Education Foundation's Board of Directors.
Years ago, my brother-in-law introduced me to the mission of the Catholic Education Foundation at a CEF Trivia Night. At the time, I had only been part of the Catholic Church for a few years. I did not grow up Catholic, nor did I attend Catholic schools. But when I heard about the graduation rates and college enrollment numbers for students at the CEF-supported high school, I was hooked. Those numbers were much higher than the other schools in the same zip codes. I saw CEF’s scholarship program as an incredible vehicle to help break the cycle of poverty through education. I wanted to be involved.
Currently, my wife and I have two young boys who attend Catholic school. Unlike me, my wife grew up Catholic and attended Catholic schools. She loved her experience and the education that she received. It was very important for us that our boys received a faith-based education. Having God in our daily lives, our boys attending weekly school Mass, CYO sports, our wonderful friends, and the entire community is a true blessing.
Now that I have kids in Catholic schools, I find myself more and more grateful for the opportunity they have to be close to God and receive a Catholic education. CEF believes – and I strongly agree – that if a child wants a faith-based education, they should have that opportunity! Please consider supporting CEF families in our community.