Last month, the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee hosted its third Cocktails for a Cause event, setting new records for both attendance and money raised. Proceeds from the event will fund approximately seven Guardian Angel scholarships, which provide tuition assistance for students attending CEF-supported schools when their families face an unexpected financial crisis that impacts their ability to pay tuition (job loss, medical emergency, etc.).
"Do small things with great love." Saint Mother Teresa implored her fellow sisters to acknowledge that even small acts of service are important. In our busy lives, making an impact on a large scale can appear daunting.
Enter the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Committee. These young adults have made a commitment of time, talent, and treasure in order to help children attend Catholic schools.
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.
It is common to hear parents use the phrase “it takes a village” to describe the network of grandparents, neighbors, co-workers and friends that all help their family get through life, including soccer practice carpools, meal trains, school pick up, letting the dog out and much more. This same phrase, “it takes a village,” came to my mind as I reflected upon the Catholic Education Foundation Futures Art Event at Boulevard on February 8.
Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I am fortunate enough to live by this mantra. This is my 6th year teaching in a Catholic school and my 13th year at John Paul II/Queen of the Holy Rosary, as I attended grade school there from K-8 and now teach there.
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