Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Faith in Catholic education: Helping children Ďnavigate the bigger, more challenging world that awaits themí

by Kathy Hicks, for the Inland Register

(From the May 1, 2003 edition of the Inland Register)

(Editorís note: Kathy Hicks is principal of All Saints School, Spokane.)

Spring is always a very busy time at All Saints School. Like every other Catholic School here in Spokane, we have already begun looking toward next year, dis-cussing budgets and making plans. Our Development and Home & School committees have just finished with our first Fun Run and are working hard on the Ice Cream Social/ Family Auction and our Alumni Reunion. And our students? They are busy with curricular projects and getting ready for the annual Relay for Life, which supports cancer patients.

These calendars, budgets and agendas are all important to the running of our school, but they donít show what a Catholic school is really about. Other aspects include the commitment of our pastors to the existence of Catholic education in their parishes; the countless hours our volunteers put in to make fund-raising goals a reality; and the hard work our students do, both in their studies and in their community service projects. All of it adds up to the spirit that makes us more than schools or academic institutions Ė it makes us a community of believers.

During these trying times, this community is more important that ever. Our faith allows students and staff alike to share the sorrows and joys of this world. Our students arenít here to block out the world; they are here to help make the world a better place. The head-lines and news stories on television are opportunities for all of us to praise God and ask him what we can do to be a more caring and concerned people.

On Tuesday, June 10, we will celebrate one of the most important special events of the year: our eighth grade graduation. We will watch as our young children move into young adulthood. We will watch as they say goodbye to jumpers and playground games. We will watch and pray that the values and traditions of our Catholic faith, learned here at our school, will help them as they navigate the bigger, more challenging world that awaits them.

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