Include Catholic schools when choosing child's path


Published: Saturday, January 25, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 24, 2003 at 11:36 p.m.

In the week of Jan. 26 to Feb. 1, National Catholic Schools Week will be observed in more than 8,000 Catholic schools in our country. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools - Making a World of Difference."

As a Catholic school student in elementary and secondary school, in addition to college, I have had the opportunity to receive a strong education that has made a difference to me throughout my life.

This education has helped to keep me focused in my activities as a coach, husband, father and son because of the basic values that I have been taught in school - mainly, that God is the center of all things.

In Gainesville, we are fortunate to have two wonderful Catholic schools: St. Patrick's and Queen of Peace Academy.

These schools help to teach the main elements of a sound academic program, but they also instill in its students the values that provide children with a moral compass from which to follow.

I am very pleased that a new Catholic high school will be opening its doors in August, 2004, which will be named St. Francis Catholic High School. This will be a great addition to the local community and its educational system.

I would encourage anyone to look at all their options when making a decision regarding their child's education.

My educational experience has been one that finds me grateful for all the support that I have received throughout my school years, and the teachings that have given me the direction in which to follow in my life.

My Catholic education has definitely made "a world of difference" to me.

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