During Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 29 to Feb. 4, we celebrate what makes our Catholic schools special places of learning, faith formation and growth. Each day, we recognize a different member of the Catholic schools "family."
Today, we honor our donors. Here's a brief testimonial from Karen and Bill Flynn, parishioners of St. Paul on the Lake in Grosse Pointe Farms, who support Catholic education through the Catholic Foundation of Michigan.
Bill: Karen and I were walking through one of the Catholic elementary schools, and we had a check with us to give to the principal. We bumped into her in the hallway, and then we left. As it turns out, that very night, a woman had come by and said she had to take her kids out of school because she couldn’t afford the tuition, and the principal told her that she no longer had to worry about it; it was all covered. That instance really struck me and hit close to home.
They teach the right things, and they instill a sense of discipline in the students in terms of handling themselves. My experience has been, you learned whether you wanted to or not. I have been down (to the schools) watching these students, and they look so proud and so happy.
Karen: (At Catholic schools, we were taught) the belief that you're part of the community. That developed our core values that have served us well. We have been fortunate in our lives, and we think it’s because of the education we received at Catholic schools.
We have a chance to provide that same opportunity to others who may slip through some cracks. We believe that a Catholic education will help support their striving to better themselves and those in their families and the community, as well. We believe firmly in the values that are emphasized through Catholic education.
—Karen and Bill Flynn, parishioners at St. Paul on the Lake Parish in Grosse Pointe Farms