Celebrate Catholic Schools Week Planned
Celebrate Catholic Schools Week will have a very different meaning for the 20 Catholic schools of the Diocese of Fall River as they celebrate what makes their schools unique during the week of January 31 to February 6. Every day of the week will have a new theme, from celebrating with the parish to celebrating students and teachers, to celebrating our nation.
While the 2020-21 school year will be remembered as the year of masks, social distancing and hand sanitizer, it will also be recalled as the year of challenges for education in general. Catholic schools have much to celebrate as they often have been a haven of stability for the many families and students benefiting from the in-person Catholic education since the end of August.
Affordability is the main worry for many new families as they engage in learning more about the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fall River. “The cost of tuition is of great concern to many families,” said Christina Duggan, vice president of operations for the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. “Each of our elementary schools encourages families to apply to the Foundation to Advance Catholic Education (FACE), which helps reduce the cost of tuition by providing scholarships. Almost 950 students received a needs-based award this year, which in many cases can reduce tuition by 30-50 percent; and for many schools, this can result in a monthly tuition payment of $300 or less. Awards are determined by a family’s financial circumstances at the time of application. FACE scholarships help reduce the tuition cost and make a Catholic school education more attainable and, in the end, families realize that a Catholic education is well worth the investment. Families are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of receiving an award as funds are limited.”
Foundation to Advance Catholic Education scholarship information is at www.FACE-dfr.org.