My parents instilled in me that education opens the doors of opportunity. Growing up, my family moved around, which allowed me the chance to attend both Catholic and public schools, depending on what was available. After experiencing both, I chose to attend a Catholic university because I truly valued the Catholic education experience.
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.
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.
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.
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