It seemed like a sign. One I originally ignored. My husband showed me an ad in The Leaven for a position with the Catholic Education Foundation (CEF). I didn’t think it “sounded” like me, so I thanked him and put the paper on the corner of my desk. A few weeks later, a friend asked me if I saw the ad in The Leaven and said she thought I would be perfect for it. I told her I had seen it, but I didn’t think it was right for me.
I learned more than reading, writing, and arithmetic by attending a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of Miami in the ‘90s. The faculty, such as my theology teacher, Father Ron, kept me close to the faith, not only in the religious sense, but he also taught me how to persevere. Our dean of discipline, Dean Lefler, well, enforced the "rule of law." I believe the 4 years I spent attending a Catholic High School brought me closer to my faith and made me more resilient.
It is hard to believe, but when you read this article the new school year will have been in session for six weeks.
As the school year starts anew, so does our Catholic Education Foundation’s fiscal year.
So, to get this fiscal year started off on the right foot, I want to introduce you to the CEF staff.
Over the past 9 years, the Matthews Children’s Foundation has funded 13 CEF scholarships, allowing 13 children living in poverty to attend a CEF school. This support, made possible in partnership with Porter Funeral Homes, has helped families realize their dream of a Catholic education while preparing students for higher educational attainment.
Two CEF schools – Holy Cross Catholic School in Overland Park and St. Paul Catholic School in Olathe – have received the 2015 Governor’s Achievement Award, which honors the top performing schools in the State of Kansas.
“We are so proud of the students and staff at St. Paul Catholic School,” said Tonia Helm, Principal of St. Paul. “Out of 374 middle schools in the state of Kansas, only ten middle schools received this honor. This is definitely a testament to the dedication of the entire St. Paul teaching staff, the support of our parents, and the work ethic of our students!”
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