Sharing hopes, dreams, and experiences is the best way to learn to treat others as you would like to be treated.
In the Catholic schools, we try very hard to include all children in the school community and encourage them to empathize and build relationships with others. We help them learn to share physical things like toys, school supplies, and snacks. But we also want them to learn to share their feelings, thoughts, experiences, and faith. Because the habits of sharing that develop at an early age continue throughout a child’s life.
And we do everything we can to include the families of students in this community of sharing. Because as children grow and families become connected, the bonds that hold the school community together become stronger and stronger.
We also encourage children to share in a sense of mission. Our students make an enormous difference in the lives of others throughout the Archdiocese and around the world. Every year, students contribute more than 500,000 hours of service and hundreds of thousands of dollars to missions that students themselves choose to support.
According to many families, this sense of community and commitment is one of the most important reasons that they choose to send their children to the Catholic schools.
Cardinal George has said, “It is the experience of relationship, of community, both with God and our brothers and sisters, that the Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago foster and count on. Today, there are hundreds of thousands of people who actively share in this experience of communion in schools throughout the Archdiocese.”