Sen. Proos kicks off Catholic Schools Week in the Senate

LANSING, Mich. Sen. John Proos on Wednesday sponsored a resolution to celebrate the tremendous impact that Catholic schools have on thousands of Michigan children.

“We have 52,475 students attending 222 Catholic schools throughout our great state,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Catholic schools instill a broad, values-based education, emphasizing the lifelong development of moral, intellectual and social values in young people — making them responsible citizens of our state and nation.”

Senate Resolution 123 designates Jan. 28 through Feb. 3 as Catholic Schools Week with the theme “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” as denoted by the National Catholic Educational Association and the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Catholic schools educate many students who are non-Catholic and many of the students who are economically disadvantaged,” Proos said. “Catholic schools educate individuals understanding that a good education remains the single best way out of poverty. With high academic standards, high graduation rates and commitment to community service, Catholic schools and their graduates make a positive contribution to society.

“We support the continued dedication of Catholic schools across Michigan toward academic excellence and the key role they play in promoting and ensuring a brighter, stronger future for our students and our state.”


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